Culture official hails Chinese publishers

By Liu Xin Source:Global Times Published: 2017/10/20 23:38:39

Broadcasters, magazines, newspapers, books to further promote socialism in new era


Senior culture officials, reporters and representatives from art institutions pose for media after an interview on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Friday. Senior officials from China's publicity and culture departments also held a press conference in Beijing on Friday. Photo: VCG

China has become the largest book publisher, TV drama producer and broadcaster in the world, senior officials from the publicity and culture departments declared on Friday, vowing to further promote socialism among the people.

"China now has a total of 584 book publishers, 1,894 newspaper publishers and 10,084 magazine publishers as well as 2,578 broadcast organizations... which have formed an influential media system," Zhang Hongsen, deputy director-general of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, told a press conference on the sidelines of the ongoing 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Friday in Beijing.

China's press, publication, film and television industry has implemented the requirements of the Communist Party of China Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core and the country has become powerful in these fields, Zhang said.

"China has become the largest book publisher, TV drama producer and broadcaster in the world. It has more movie screens than any other country," Sun Zhijun, deputy director of the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cultural System Reform and Development, said at the press conference on Friday.

Sun also outlined major culture industry achievements at the press conference.

"The total value added of the culture industry increased from 1.81 trillion yuan ($274 billion) in 2012 to 3.08 trillion yuan in 2016 and its share of GDP increased from 3.48 percent to 4.14 percent... as of the end of June 2017, the number of culture-related enterprises surpassed 3.22 million, up 22.4 percent year-on-year," he said.

The culture industry in China also shares responsibilities in educating the public and "could not become a slave to the market," Sun said.

He added that they would ramp up efforts in guiding culture industry enterprises to stick to the core values of socialism.

All the achievements in culture, press, publication, film and television fields should be attributed to a series of moves made by the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core in the recent years as well as relevant efforts in promoting the core values of socialism, officials said at the Friday conference.

"Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, the Ministry of Culture and all official culture departments in China have implemented and put into practice General Secretary Xi Jinping's major policy addresses and new ideas, concepts, thoughts and strategies in the governance of China... and made new achievements in cultural reform and development," Xiang Zhaolun, vice minister of culture and a member of the CPC Committee of the Ministry of Culture, noted at the Friday press conference in Beijing.

Aside from domestic progress on promoting ideological, moral and cultural construction, officials also talked about enhancing China's image in the international community as well as cultural exchanges with other countries and regions.

Sun said on Friday that polls conducted by overseas institutions showed that China's international influence and image have been greatly enhanced in recent years.

International image

"[The improvements] benefit from China's stable economic and social development... China has always fulfilled international responsibilities, proposing to build a human community with shared destiny... We have also actively promoted cultural exchanges to make more countries better understand China," Sun said.

China will also have more cultural exchanges with countries along the Belt and Road routes, launching museums and libraries, inviting foreign scholars to visit China and introducing translated works, Xiang noted.

"We will also encourage bilateral investments in the culture industry, especially in animation and cultural expos," Xiang said.

To protect the interests of intellectual property owners including overseas-funded enterprises in China, Zhang said that the regulator had joined the Ministry of Public Security and other departments in cracking down on online piracy and regulating order in the publication field.

Zhang also responded to concerns on cultural exchanges between China and South Korea affected by the US deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense in South Korea.

"As far as I know, many cultural exchange projects between China and South Korea are in process... Different from commercial exchanges, cultural exchanges are closely related to people's feelings," said Zhang, adding that as long as people-to-people bonds are smooth, their feelings are connected and cultural exchanges can develop in the right direction.

"We both need to think and face this question," Zhang said.


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