Xi asks of­fi­cials to re­spect in­tel­lec­tu­als’ cre­ativ­ity, crit­i­cism

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

HEFEI—Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has asked of­fi­cials to place more trust in in­tel­lec­tu­als, wel­come their crit­i­cism and limit in­ter­fer­ence in their cre­ative work.

Xi made the re­marks at a meet­ing in Hefei with sci­en­tists and re­searchers, model work­ers and young peo­ple dur­ing his in­spec­tion tour of east China’s An­hui Prov­ince, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease pub­lished Fri­day.

Com­mu­nist Party and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments should fully trust in­tel­lec­tu­als and cre­ate lec­tu­als and help solve dif­fi­cul­ties at work and in their per­sonal lives.

Of­fi­cials should wel­come ad­vice and crit­i­cism from in­tel­lec­tu­als and be­come “true friends,” Xi stressed. “When opin­ions are meant well, they should be warmly wel­comed. We should ac­cept con­struc­tive crit­i­cism and be more tol­er­ant and in­clu­sive, even if some opin­ions are bi­ased or in­cor­rect,” he said, adding that in­tel­lec­tu­als should not be blamed or pun­ished for ex­press­ing their opin­ions.

“Un­der no cir­cum­stances should [in­tel­lec­tu­als] dam­age na­tional dig­nity or vi­o­late their con­science,” he said. To bet­ter un­der­stand the situation of China and the rest of the world, they should not be dis­parag­ing to­ward them­selves nor re­peat oth­ers’ words with­out think­ing, he said.

Xi en­cour­aged them to take the lead in the in­no­va­tion drive and con­trib­ute to the coun­try’s eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment as well as im­prove­ment of the peo­ple’s wel­fare.

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