Xi’s thought opens new fron­tier of Marx­ism

China Daily - - VIEWS - Jin Nuo, Party chief of Ren­min Uni­ver­sity of China Yunus Is­mail Car­rim, mem­ber of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the South African Com­mu­nist Party

Ed­i­tor’s note: A fo­rum on Marx­ism in the 21st Cen­tury and Xi Jin­ping Thought on So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics for a New Era was held at Ren­min Uni­ver­sity of China re­cently. Fol­low­ing are ex­cerpts from the three of the par­tic­i­pants’ speeches: Rep­re­sent­ing the prac­ti­cal as­pects of Marx­ism

Xi Jin­ping Thought on So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics for a New Era has opened a new fron­tier of Marx­ism in the 21st cen­tury, which was sum­ma­rized in Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s speech at a com­mem­o­ra­tive con­fer­ence to mark the 200th birth an­niver­sary of Karl Marx. Xi’s thought is the col­lec­tive wis­dom of the Com­mu­nist Party of China and Chi­nese peo­ple’s long-term prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ences, and a com­bi­na­tion of the fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples of Marx­ism and China’s ac­tual prac­tices.

First, Xi’s thought has el­e­vated the un­der­stand­ing of the CPC’s gov­er­nance sys­tem in the new era, and the laws of so­cial­ist con­struc­tion and hu­man de­vel­op­ment to a new level. In par­tic­u­lar, it in­her­its and de­vel­ops Marx­ism’s sci­en­tificity in terms of ad­her­ing to and de­vel­op­ing Marx­ism in the new era and abid­ing by and de­vel­op­ing so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics in the new era based on China’s ac­tual sit­u­a­tion. From this per­spec­tive, Xi’s thought in­her­its and de­vel­ops the sci­en­tificity of Marx­ism.

Sec­ond, Xi’s thought is peo­ple-ori­ented; it ad­heres to and man­i­fests Marx­ism’s peo­ple-ori­ented phi­los­o­phy. By ad­her­ing to his­tor­i­cal ma­te­ri­al­ism and di­alec­ti­cal ma­te­ri­al­ism, Party mem­bers work for the good of the peo­ple. And the fact that the Party ad­vo­cates that its mem­bers should work for na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion and Chi­nese peo­ple’s hap­pi­ness demon­strates the new fron­tier of Marx­ism’s peo­ple ori­en­ta­tion.

Third, Xi’s thought rep­re­sents Marx­ism’s prac­ti­cal­ity, which pro­foundly re­veals the his­tor­i­cal changes, achieve­ments, ex­pe­ri­ences and the laws of de­vel­op­ing so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Fourth, Xi’s thought has made Marx­ism even more open, es­pe­cially since the 18th Na­tional Congress of the CPC in Novem­ber 2012. A lot to learn from China’s prac­tices

For the Chi­nese, Marx­ism is not a dogma. And what we see from the 19th CPC Na­tional Congress is pre­cisely how China ap­plies Marx­ism cre­atively as a method in spe­cific con­di­tions. The thing that also strikes us (in South Africa) is the phases that China sets out and the very pre­cise time lines China has.

I’m very im­pressed by the way China achieves that. It de­cides its strat­egy for the next five or 10 years. It has al­ready set dates for when it will suc­ceed in build­ing a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety (in 2020) and when it will achieve so­cial­ist mod­ern­iza­tion (in 2035).

China also talks about be­com­ing in­de­pen­dent of the cap­i­tal­ist so­ci­eties of the West when it comes to tech­nol­ogy. And given that we’re talk­ing about the fourth in­dus­trial revo­lu­tion, that is very sig­nif­i­cant for China’s own so­cial­ist abil­ity.

So we think there’s a lot to learn from China’s ex­pe­ri­ences, but we have to ap­ply to our con­di­tions. En­sur­ing peo­ple’s well-be­ing, main­tain­ing global peace

China is a so­cial­ist coun­try, which de­ter­mines we adopt so­cial­ist and Marx­ist meth­ods to deal with the re­la­tion­ship be­tween China and Africa.

Women’s lib­er­a­tion move­ment as well as na­tional health­care de­vel­op­ment, es­pe­cially health­care for the poor peo­ple, have made huge progress in China in re­cent years, and of­fer a different way to solve so­cial prob­lems in the world.

Based on so­cial­ism, can China cope with im­pe­ri­al­ists’ slan­der about its de­vel­op­ment projects and ac­tiv­i­ties in Africa? The ba­sic point of view for China is so­cial­ism, and that’s why it is work­ing for Chi­nese peo­ple’s well-be­ing, and mak­ing ef­forts to main­tain peace and fa­cil­i­tate de­vel­op­ment across the world.

Xi’s thought is the col­lec­tive wis­dom of the Com­mu­nist Party of China and Chi­nese peo­ple’s long-term prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ences ...

Wang Xiang­ming, vice-dean of the Academy of Xi Jin­ping Thought on So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics for a New Era, Ren­min Uni­ver­sity of China

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