Chongqing expands 'red' campaign with 36 songs

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Authorities in southwestern Chongqing Municipality have announced a plan aimed at encouraging the public to learn dozens of selected songs that promote patriotism and socialist values.

The move is seen as a display of the local government's determination to expand a high-profile campaign aimed at nurturing ties between its citizens and the Communist Party of China (CPC).

A total of 36 "red songs" are being broadcast frequently on local television and have been uploaded onto major Web portals, while lyrics are being published in print media from April 10 to May 20 to make it easier to learn the songs, the Chongqing Daily reported, citing a government notice.

"We must use every means to earnestly organize singing lessons for all cadres and people in order to enrich the masses with spiritual culture," the notice said.

The campaign aims to enrich the public's spiritual and cultural lives by sending out musicians and musical educators to teach citizens and sing the songs with them, it said.

The songs are all contemporary works, and include Country, performed by Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan and mainland singer Liu Yuanyuan in praise of the ties between every household and the fate of the entire country.

"Red songs," or revolutionary songs, refer to those that have been composed to recognize the CPC's leadership in the revolution and struggle to found the People's Republic of China, according to People's Daily.

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