BEIJING, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of
China (CPC) has highlighted the concept of "socialist core value system" to lay
the "moral and ideological foundations" for social harmony.
The concept of the "socialist core
value system" was publicized for the first time at the recent Sixth Plenum of
the 16th CPC Central Committee, at which the CPC highlighted the importance of
creating a "socialist harmonious society".
"A socialist core value system will be essential to
cultural harmony in the country", the CPC said in the "resolutions of the CPC
Central Committee on major issues regarding the building of a harmonious
socialist society" published on Wednesday.
The Party said the value system should consist of
Marxism, Socialism with Chinese characteristics, patriotism, the spirit of
reform and innovation and the socialist sense of honor and disgrace.
"The socialist core value system should be integrated
into national education, promotion of ethics and the modernization drive," the
Party said in the document.
Analysts said the concept of a "socialist core value
system" was based on China's past experiences in the promotion of morals and
"The CPC Central Committee has been highly attentive
in building and promoting a moral and ideological system corresponding with the
development of China's socialist market economy," Xin Xiangyang, a research
fellow on Marxism with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
China's rapid economic development has led to
significant changes to the Chinese society and people's way of living and
"Such unprecedented social changes have brought great
vitality to China's development and progress, but have resulted in various
contradictions and problems," the Party said in the resolutions.
Over the past decade, the Chinese authority has
launched several campaigns to promote social morality amid worries that some
Chinese people have lost their direction and have blurred the difference between
right and wrong.
In the 1980s, the Chinese authority issued a package
of moral instructions - the Five Standards, Four Virtues and Three Loves - to
serve as a moral yardstick for Chinese who had emerged from the chaos of the
cultural revolution and entered the era of reform and opening-up.
On March this year, another large-scale morality
drive was launched in the form of President Hu Jintao's list of eight honors and
disgraces, which stressed the boundary between the right and wrong.
The Eight Honors and Disgraces are as follows:
-- Love the country; do it no harm
-- Serve the people; never betray them
-- Follow science; discard superstition
-- Be diligent; not indolent
-- Be united, help each other; make no gains at
-- Be honest and trustworthy; do not sacrifice ethics
-- Be disciplined and law-abiding; not chaotic and
-- Live plainly, work hard; do not wallow in luxuries
The Party stressed Hu's list of eight honors and
disgraces in the resolutions, saying that the moral virtues including
patriotism, professional dedication and honesty should be further promoted and
government, business and social credibility should be enhanced.
The Party, in a rare move, also touched upon the
individual's mental health, saying that more attention should be paid to
people's psychological harmony.
"We must improve psychological care and guide people
to view themselves, others and society as a whole in the correct way..." the
The Party also called for more education about mental
health to build a "positive, rational and calm social mentality of self-esteem
Li Zhongjie, deputy director of the Party History
Research Center of the CPC Central Committee, said the "socialist core value
system" has rich connotations, which should cover the areas of economic
development, social affluence, democracy and cultural civilization.
Li said the basic task of building the "socialist
core value system" is to analyze and handle problems from the perspective of
harmony and improve relevant laws, regulations and social criteria to better
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