[photopress:wen_jiabao.jpg,full,alignright]In a signed article published by the People’s Daily, titled ‘Our Historical Tasks at the Primary Stage of Socialism and Several Issues Concerning China’s Foreign Policy’, Premier Wen Jiabao said that China is at the primary stage of socialism now, and will remain so for a long time to come.
Speaking of education — the article covers many other areas as well — he said:
We should fully improve the educational level of the Chinese people. This means giving a high priority to the development of education. The government must work with a stronger sense of responsibility to extend and consolidate compulsory education.
More efforts should be made to develop vocational education and improve higher education. The scientific and cultural level of the whole Chinese nation should be uplifted.
We should expand cultural exchanges with other countries. Cultural exchanges are a bridge connecting the hearts and minds of people of all countries and an important way to project a country’s image. The rich and profound Chinese culture, which has a time-honored history, has made significant contribution to the progress of human civilization.
The traditional Chinese culture is noted for its many luminous ideas: the philosophical precept of ‘harmony without uniformity’, the political belief that ‘people is the foundation of the nation’, the educational guideline of ‘respecting teachers and valuing education’, and the moral ethic of ‘do not do to others what you would not have them do to you’.
We should use various forms and means, including tour performance and exhibition, Chinese language teaching, academic exchange and sponsoring culture year activities, to promote Chinese culture and increase its appeal overseas.
Source: China Daily