China outlines cultural reforms in detail

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China will further reform and develop its cultural system by stressing socialist values, promoting innovation, and improving cultural services in a bid to boost the country's cultural influence, according to a blueprint published on Wednesday.

Issued by the general offices of both the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council, the outline specifies the guiding principles, major goals and key aspects the plan, as well as policy supports for cultural reforms that will take place during the period of the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015).

Promoting cultural prosperity is necessary for the creation of a moderately prosperous society and the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics, the outline said.

The outline is a continuation of China's reiteration of cultural development, following the sixth plenary session of the 17th Central Committee of the CPC in October 2011.

During the session, leaders of the Party approved a decision on deepening reform of the cultural system and promoting the development of the cultural industry in a bid to build a country with soft power.

The outline calls for the building of socialist core values by strengthening research and innovation in philosophy and other social sciences.

The outline called for the country to undertake a variety of major projects in emerging sectors, such as digital publication and mobile multimedia.

The government will give more support to medium- and small-sized cultural enterprises and enterprises that own intellectual property rights (IPR).

Independent innovation will be promoted, and key technologies with proprietary IPR will be developed, according to the outline, which added that the country will accelerate the conversion of scientific innovation into real products.

The outline called for authorities to use social capital to invest in the cultural industry and participate in the construction of major cultural projects.

Public cultural services, including museums, galleries, libraries and others, will be enhanced and opened to the public for free, while members of minority groups, handicapped people and other special groups will also enjoy more culture services.

In addition, the outline called for a narrowing of the cultural development gap between urban and rural areas by improving cultural services in China's isolated regions, including central and west China.

The document includes a goal of arranging for 50,000 film screens to be allocated to or built in rural areas, allowing authorities to establish a monthly screening of at least one film for every village in the country by 2015.

The document also states that television and radio networks will be accessible to 99 percent of the country's population by 2015.

The outline stated that migrant workers should be included in urban cultural service systems, with companies and communities encouraged to organize non-profit cultural activities for them.

Related policies in finance, taxation, trade, and laws and regulations, are also needed for cultural reforms, said the outline.

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