President Hu Jintao pinpointed the importance of developing an "advanced
socialist culture" earlier this month when he was meeting with members of the
Tenth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative
Conference (CPPCC), China's political advisory body.
Detailing the 'advanced socialist culture' President Hu gave a list of do's
Love, do not harm the motherland.
Serve, don't disserve the
Uphold science; don't be ignorant and unenlightened.
don't be lazy and hate work.
Be united and help each other; don't gain
benefits at the expense of others.
Be honest and trustworthy, not
profit-mongering at the expense of your values.
Be disciplined and
law-abiding instead of chaotic and lawless.
Know plain living and hard
struggle, do not wallow in luxuries and pleasures.
Hu's virtues add to efforts by communist leaders to assure the public they
are fighting corruption and trying to close the gap between an elite who have
profited from China's economic reforms and the poor majority.
The concept, which underscores the value of patriotism, hard work and plain
living, belief in science, consciousness of serving the people, solidarity,
honesty and credibility, and observation of the law, aims to refresh China's
values by amalgamating traditional Chinese values with modern virtues.
"In our socialist society we must not allow the boundaries to be blurred when
it comes to right and wrong, evil and kindness, beauty and ugliness," Hu told a
March 4 parliamentary seminar, according to newspaper.
"What we support, what we resist, what we oppose and what we promote all must
be crystal clear," Hu said, adding that his "socialist concept of honor and
disgrace" should be promoted to the masses, especially young people.
The 2,280-member consultative conference _ a gathering of businesspeople,
religious leaders and others _ closed its annual session Monday with a
resolution praising Hu's list of virtues and pledging to "make it part of social
"It shows that the party has become aware that earlier campaigns were not
having much of an impact on the youth," said novelist Zhang Kangkang, a delegate
to parliament's main noncommunist advisory body, the Chinese People's Political
"They have chosen to use very neutral language, very apolitical language, to
get the message across," she said. "It's very populist, very
Sheri Liao, an environmental activist and former philosophy teacher said,
"From Deng Xiaoping's saying that 'white cat, black cat' stuff to now, we have,
to some extent, lost our sense of morality. It's been 20 years since we
threw our morality out the window."
"My personal opinion is that it's a very good thing," Liao said of Hu's value
system. "The nation is starting to take an interest in and adopt a friendly
attitude to traditional culture and values."
On Tuesday, the aphorisms were issued on a 8 yuan (US$1) poster with
plain, black Chinese characters above a photo of the Great Wall.