Correctly deal with the Seven Great Relationships in Ideological Work

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Published today in Red Flag Manuscripts

Zhang Xiaolian

General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important speech from the National Propaganda and Ideology Work Conference utilized the “dialectics” and the “key theory” of dialectical material, to deeply elaborate the “Seven Great Relationships” of ideological work in the new period, it scientifically responded to a series of major theoretical and real questions for the long-term development of propaganda and ideology work, and hugely removed the perplexion from some time ago in the minds of the broad cadres and personnel on the propaganda front, it is the action plan to guide us to do propaganda and ideology work in the new period well.

First, at the same time as concentrating energies on economic construction, we cannot even for a moment slacken or weaken ideological work. We can neither overlook ideological work because of central work, nor can we let ideological work drift away from central work, [we must] truly grasp the leadership power, management power and discourse power of ideological work in our hands, strive to do both material civilization construction and spiritual civilization construction well, when the country’s material strength and spiritual strength both increase, the material lives and spiritual lives of the people of all ethnicities in the entire country will improve.

Second, at the same time as earnestly and modestly realizing the real objective of comprehensive moderate prosperity, fix eyes upon strengthening education on ideals and convictions for the long term. [We must] make a systemic grasp of the basic theories of Marxism into a special skill of leading cadres and especially higher-level leading cadres, broadly launch propaganda and education on Socialism with Chinese characteristics and the “Chinese Dream” among the broad Party cadres and young students, deeply launch educational activities on the Socialist core value system in departments, communities, enterprises, schools, villages and households, truly consolidate the guiding position of Marxism in the ideological area and consolidate the common ideological basis for the united struggle of the entire Party and the people in the entire country.

Third, at the same time as persisting in putting people first and ensuring that culture benefits the people, stress the principle of the Party nature in propaganda and ideology work with clear banners flying. Persist in the fact that politicians run newspapers, run periodicals, run [radio or television] stations and run websites, persist in propagating the Party’s theory, line, principles and policies, persist in propagating the major work deployments of the Centre, persist in propagating the major analyses and judgments of the Centre concerning circumstances, truly persist in the correct political orientation, stand firm on political viewpoints, firmly maintain a high level of consistency with the Party Centre, firmly safeguard the authority of the Centre.

Fourth, at the same time as persisting in giving first place to positive propaganda, persist in unwavering public opinion struggle. We must dare to grasp and manage mistaken opinions, dare to bare our swords, and make the Internet into the main battlefield for the public opinion struggle, make online public opinion work into the centre of centres in propaganda and ideology work, use the truth to expose lies, let science vanquish falsehoods, genuinely strengthen the initiative, grasp the initiative and take the initiative in matters of great rights and wrongs, and issues of political principles.

Fifth, at the same time as summarizing precious experiences in propaganda and ideology work, persevere in pushing forward reform and innovation. Truly grasp conceptual innovation, method innovation and grass roots innovation well, continue to boldly move cultural structural reform forward. Arouse vitality through reform, strengthen drivers. Regardless of what to reform or how to reform it, the orientation cannot be deviated from, the orientation cannot change, work cannot decline, minds cannot be scattered, and battlefields cannot be lost.

Sixth, at the same time as broadening foreign propaganda and cultural exchange, openly elaborate Socialism with Chinese characteristics. From the point of view of Heilongjiang, we must fully give rein to the function of bridgehead in propaganda towards Russia, further perfect media exchange and cooperation mechanisms with Russia, forcefully propagate the clear characteristics and notable superiorities path, theory and system of Socialism with Chinese characteristics, truly tell the Chinese story and disseminate Chinese voices well, strengthen discourse power internationally.

Seventh, at the same time as strengthening the duties of propaganda departments, confidently clarify the political duties and leadership duties of all levels’ Party Committees and especially main Party Committee responsible comrades. Propaganda departments must vigorously and actively communicate and cooperate with all Party Committee and government departments, truly establish big propaganda work concepts and work structures, strive to achieve that there is a responsibility to protect the land, responsibility is taken to protect the land, and everything is done to protect the land. All levels’ Party Committees must strengthen comprehensive guidance over the analysis and judgement of major issues in the area of propaganda and ideology and major strategic tasks. Party Committees’ main responsible comrades must take the lead in grasping ideological work, take the lead in reading the main media content for their region or department, take the lead in guarding the media orientation in their regions or departments, and take the lead in criticizing mistaken viewpoints and mistaken trends, guaranteeing that the leadership power in ideological and political work is closely grasped in hands that are faithful to the Party and the people.

(The author is a CCP Heilongjiang Province Committee Standing Committee Member and the Propaganda Department Director)

张效廉
习近平总书记在全国宣传思想工作会议上的重要讲话,运用辩证唯物主义的“两点论”和“重点论”,深刻阐释了新时期意识形态工作的“七大关系”,科学回答了事关宣传思想工作长远发展的一系列重大理论和现实问题,极大解除了一段时间以来宣传战线广大干部职工心中的困惑,是新时期指导我们做好宣传思想工作的行动纲领。

一是在集中精力进行经济建设的同时,一时一刻也不能放松和削弱意识形态工作。既不能因为中心工作而忽视意识形态工作,也不能使意识形态工作游离于中心工作,真正把意识形态工作的领导权、管理权、话语权牢牢掌握在手中,努力把物质文明建设和精神文明建设都搞好,国家物质力量和精神力量都增强,全国各族人民物质生活和精神生活都改善。

二是在脚踏实地实现全面小康现实目标的同时,着眼长远地加强理想信念教育。把系统掌握马克思主义基本理论作为领导干部特别是高级干部的看家本领,在广大党员干部和青年学生当中广泛开展中国特色社会主义和“中国梦”宣传教育,在机关、社区、企业、学校、农村、家庭深入开展社会主义核心价值观教育活动,真正巩固马克思主义在意识形态领域的指导地位,巩固全党全国人民团结奋斗的共同思想基础。

三是在坚持以人为本、文化为民惠民的同时,旗帜鲜明地强调宣传思想工作的党性原则。坚持政治家办报、办刊、办台、办网,坚定宣传党的理论和路线方针政策,坚定宣传中央的重大工作部署,坚定宣传中央关于形势的重大分析判断,真正坚持正确政治方向,站稳政治立场,坚决与党中央保持高度一致,坚决维护中央权威。

四是在坚持正面宣传为主的同时,坚持不懈地开展舆论斗争。对错误言论要敢抓敢管,敢于亮剑,把互联网作为舆论斗争的主战场,把网上舆论工作作为宣传思想工作的重中之重,用真理揭露谎言,让科学战胜谬误,真正在大是大非和政治原则问题上增强主动性、掌握主动权、打好主动仗。

五是在总结宣传思想工作宝贵经验的同时,持之以恒地推进改革创新。真正抓好理念创新、手段创新和基层工作创新,继续大胆推进文化体制改革。通过改革激发活力,增强动力。无论改什么、怎么改,导向不能偏,定位不能变,工作不能落,人心不能散,阵地不能丢。

六是在扩大对外宣传和文化交流的同时,正大光明地阐释中国特色社会主义。就黑龙江来说,要充分发挥对俄宣传桥头堡作用,进一步完善与俄罗斯的媒体交流合作机制,大力宣传中国特色社会主义道路、理论、制度的鲜明特色和显著优势,真正讲好中国故事,传播好中国声音,增强在国际上的话语权。

七是在强化宣传部门职责的同时,理直气壮地明确各级党委和党委主要负责同志的政治责任和领导责任。宣传部门要积极主动与党委政府各部门沟通配合,真正树立大宣传的工作理念和工作格局,努力做到守土有责、守土负责、守土尽责。各级党委要加强对宣传思想领域重大问题的分析研判和重大战略任务的统筹指导。党委主要负责同志要带头抓意识形态工作,带头阅看本地区本部门主要媒体内容,带头把住本地区本部门媒体导向,带头批评错误观点和错误倾向,确保宣传思想工作领导权牢牢掌握在忠于党和人民的人手里。

(作者:中共黑龙江省委常委、宣传部长)

3 thoughts on “Correctly deal with the Seven Great Relationships in Ideological Work

    5566hh said:
    September 10, 2013 at 12:39 am

    It’s so painful to read this; I can’t imagine what it must be like to have to write this.

    Peter said:
    September 10, 2013 at 6:05 am

    How does this person get up in the morning?

    […] new leadership has brought. The contribution from Zhang Xiaolian, propaganda chief in Heilongjiang, provides a general outline of the priorities in propaganda work, while Ai Wenli, Zhang’s Hebei colleague, provides somewhat more information on concrete measures […]

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