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A Great Era Needs Great Theory

——Special interview with Ji Zhengju, deputy director general of the Compilation and Translation Bureau of the CPC Central Committee

Submit Time:13-11-2017 | Zoom In | Zoom Out

Author:Yi Wen | Source:China Newswee


  Ji Zhengju, deputy director general and research fellow of the Compilation and Translation Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, has been long engaged in the research work on Marxist theory and Party building. At the occasion of the convening of the 19th National Congress of the CPC, Ji Zhengju received a special interview by China Newsweek on the issue of theoretical innovation of the Communist Party of China.  

  China Newsweek: How should we understand the significance of the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era? 

  Ji Zhengju:  The Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era has not only adhered to the basic principle of Marxism and the basic principles of scientific socialism, but also given it distinctive Chinese characteristics according to the actual conditions of China and features of the era, composing the latest chapter of sinicization of Marxism, carved out a new vista for Marxism, enriched and developed Marxism of contemporary China and Marxism in the 21st century. It has become a theoretical guidance and practical guideline in the new period and new stage, and a powerful ideological weapon for us to start the new course of building a powerful socialist modernized country in all aspects.  

  China Newsweek: As the latest results sinicization of Marxism, what are the main contents of the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era?  

  Ji Zhengju: Since the 18th National Congress, the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, evolving round the reform, development and stability, domestic administration, diplomacy and national defense, and the governance of the Party, nation and army, has shaped and created the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. This is a systematic and complete system of scientific theories, with rich contents and extensive and profound thinking, covering all aspects of politics, economy, culture, society, ecology, Party building, national defense and diplomacy.  

  These elements form an organic whole with tight logic, profoundly answering a series of questions concerning major theories and practice for the Party and the nation to develop the causes in the new historical period, grasping the trend of the times and complying with the people's new expectations. It has provided answers to the new requirements in practice, and is the fusing and connection of the historical, theoretical and practical logics of the revolution, construction and reform in China. It has given answers to the question of what kind of socialism with Chinese characteristics should be upheld and developed in the new era, and how should we uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics, including the basic questions concerning the general goal and tasks, overall layout, strategic layout and development direction, development pattern and motive force, strategic steps, external conditions and political guarantee in upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.  

  Especially, creative answers and contributions have been made with the realization of the “two centenary goals” and the Chinese Dream of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation as the lead, on a series of major issues such as what kind of socialist modernization will be realized in China, how to realize socialist modernization in all aspects, building the political economics of socialism with Chinese characteristics, promoting the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, construction of a beautiful, healthy, prosperous and powerful China that is ruled by law and culturally developed, the strategy of “two steps” on the basis of completing the building of moderately prosperous society on all aspects, enhancing the creating power and combating power of the Party, strengthening the confidence in the path, theory, system, and especially culture, the four-pronged comprehensive strategy, the five-sphere integrated plan, the strategy to strengthen the army in the new era, the idea of popular entrepreneurship and innovation for traditional culture, and the overall security outlook of the state, thus deepening the cognition of the law of governance by the Communist Party, the law in the construction of socialism and the law of human development.  

  China Newsweek: Please make an analysis of its internal logics in the viewpoint of theoretical bases, practical bases and time background.  

  Ji Zhengju: Speaking about theoretical bases, the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, as an open innovative theoretical system, has fully absorbed the advanced results of mankind and drawn the essence of the long standing Chinese civilization, Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Important Thought Of “Three Represents” and the Scientific Outlook on Development are its main theoretical bases.  

  In terms of practical bases, the most important is the great practices of socialism with Chinese characteristics. Great practices call for great theory. At present, socialism with Chinese characteristics has come to a new stage, and the great practices of socialism with Chinese characteristics will surely give birth to the latest bumper fruits of sinicization of Marxism.  

  In the time background, it reflects the deep grasp of the conditions of the Party, the country and the world. The world is in a great historical change once in a century. Although the theme of the times remains unchanged, profound changes have taken place in its connotation. From the international point of view, the world is far from peace and tranquility, the world economy is still in the haze of world financial crisis, the competitions in international science and technology and in comprehensive national strength have become more intense, the plights of national governance and democracy in the west fully reflect the inherent contradictions in the development of capitalism, the inverse globalization phenomenon, social tear, and the rising of populist and terrorism in some countries, these global issues highlight the importance of global governance and international cooperation. With the rapid development of China and substantially increase of its international influence, the role of China, Chinese wisdom and Chinese answers have become more important. For example, the building of a community with a shared future for mankind proposed by General Secretary Xi Jinping has obtained high acceptance by the international society, and has been incorporated in some UN resolutions.  

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