a meeting on philosophy and social science on May 17, Chinese President
Xi Jinping said the country needs its own theoretical structure to
analyze and guide development, adding that Marxism will remain the
guiding theory in the study of philosophy and social sciences in China,
distinguishing them from such disciplines in other parts of the world,
the Xinhua News Agency reported.
Su Wei, a professor at the Party School of the Chongqing Committee, told
the Global Times that despite the unprecedented speed and scale of
China’s economic development, China’s economic advantage has not
translated into a strong voice on international affairs.
"The key to this issue is to rebuild discourse about the country.
Theoretical innovation in philosophy and social sciences is the pillar
of this cause," Zhang Weiwei, dean of the China Institute at Fudan
University, was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
Xi also said that the country’s study of philosophy and social sciences
should focus on China and the contemporary era while taking foreign
studies and history into account and keeping concern for mankind and the
future in mind.
"Chinese scholars’ studies in philosophy and social sciences do not
match the country’s progress during reform and opening up. Efforts are
therefore needed to examine China’s successful experiences," a
Beijing-based research fellow who asked for anonymity told the Global
Xi stressed that the guiding ideology, discourse and scholastic systems
of these fields should incorporate Chinese characteristics.
"There are quite a few development modes for developing countries to use
for reference, but some officials and scholars have mechanically applied
Western theories and experiences to China’s development," Su said.
"By establishing its own theoretical structure, China can turn its
experiences into theories and offer other developing countries a
reference for their own development," he continued, adding that such
moves will also promote Chinese culture throughout the world.