Xi vows to reinforce traditional family values

By Yang Sheng Source:Global Times Published: 2016/12/14 0:13:39

Govern the country based on law and virtue: Xi

After China awarded 300 families from across the nation who epitomize family values and virtues at a ceremony in Beijing on Monday, experts said that the government and the Communist Party of China (CPC) are aiming to reshape the country's societal values and spread virtue. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping at the ceremony on Monday called for efforts to enhance virtue and civility in Chinese families and make them "an important foundation" for national development, progress and social harmony, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

People from all walks of life should work for "a new trend toward socialist family values" featuring love for the nation, family and one another, devotion to progress and kindness, and mutual growth and sharing, Xi said when meeting with attendees at a Beijing ceremony to honor model families from across the nation, Xinhua reported.

According to Xinhua, Monday's ceremony was the first of its kind to honor model families selected nationwide. The 300 model families were awarded for displaying characteristics of patriotism, observation of law, ethics, harmony, honesty, professional spirit, thrift and commitment to public welfare.

The families were first chosen by local governments, then the names were released to the public, and finally, after being evaluated, the 300 were chosen.

Han Shiguo and his wife Zhang Ming, both primary school teachers from Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province, went to Kashgar in Xinjiang twice to support local education.

During their trip, they not only taught the children, but also trained local Uyghur teachers to improve local teachers' teaching skills. After returning to Shenzhen, they donated 139,200 yuan ($20,168) to Kashgar for educational purposes.

Another recipient of the honor is Liu Ying, who lives with her husband in Xuchang, Henan Province. Liu's husband Li Yunzhi has three sets of parents, because Li was raised by foster parents after his birth parents divorced and remarried. Liu told her husband that she would like to treat all six parents as if they were her own, and in the past three decades, all of them were very happy with their daughter-in-law. 

Melted into the blood

According to Xinhua, Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said the Chinese nation has always valued the family. "Traditional family values have been engraved on the minds and melted into the blood of the Chinese people," Xi said.

Zhi Zhenfeng, a legal expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences told the Global Times on Tuesday that with the ongoing urbanization and modernization, nontraditional families, such as single parents, empty-nesters, DINK (Dual Income, No Kids) families and homosexual families have presented new challenges for traditional values.

"Stressing familial virtues and awarding model families is intended to reinforce the foundation of virtue across the whole of modern Chinese society," Zhi said.

On Friday, Xi called for "ruling the country based on both law and virtue" at a group study attended by members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Xinhua reported.

Zhi said that China is not like other countries as the government and the Party also have a responsibility to build and guard virtues and values, because in a multi-party political system, the parties only care about votes and promoting virtue comes from religions.

"In China, we have only one ruling party, the CPC, and it will always govern China, so it has to bear responsibility for virtues and values," Zhi said, and since the CPC is a party that represents the fundamental interests of the masses all the time, Party members and officials also need high moral standards, otherwise, the law is useless.



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