China To Boost Cultural Development To The Youth
07-24-2018    Xinhua
<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Xinhua, September 13, 2006</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Beijing</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region> -- Calligraphy, painting and traditional handicraft are to be introduced onto the curriculum in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region>'s elementary schools as part of a government drive to bring culture to the youth.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Museums and art galleries will also be free of charge or offer discounts to youngsters.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"On the international stage, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place> not only needs strength in economy, science, technology and defense, but also cultural strength to be ahead of international competition," said the national program on cultural development during the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010) published on Wednesday.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council, which jointly issued the program, also issued a circular ordering all localities and departments to carry out the program.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>According to the program, the government will increase investment in cultural projects, reform the way cultural entities operate, expand the quantity and quality of cultural products and services to meet rising demand, and increase the global competitiveness of Chinese cultural products.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The program also says the storage space of museums shall be expanded by 300,000 square meters.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>It asks state-owned art performance troupes and theaters to hold performances at lower rates for low-income residents and calls on urban organizations and residents to donate televisions, radios, computers, books and audio and video products to farmers.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>It calls for online libraries, online theaters and a system to provide distance learning of cultural activities.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>It orders the enhancement of intellectual property rights protection and efforts to curb piracy.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>It says that cultural exchanges with the rest of the world must be boosted to improve understanding of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region> overseas. In addition to promoting mutual visits and exchanges between sister cities and holding cultural activities abroad, it proposes the promotion of Chinese cultural products and services through famous overseas film festivals, television festivals, art festivals, book fairs and expositions.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>It calls for adjusting the style of radio and television programs to meet the demands and tastes of overseas listeners and audience.</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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