Liu Chao Presides Over a Special Meeting to Discuss the Development of Culture through the Poetry of Li Bai
2018-05-11

On May 4, in order to implement the decisions on the development of fine traditional Chinese culture made by the CPC Central Committee and the provincial party committee and further improve the culture in Mianyang, as well as promote Mianyang as the ¡°birthplace of Poet Li Bai¡±, Liu Chao, deputy secretary of the municipal party committee and mayor, presided over a special meeting to discuss the development of culture through the poetry of Li Bai.

Liu said that the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China proposed that we should draw on China's fine traditional culture, keep alive and develop its vision, concepts, values, and moral norms, and do so in a way that responds to the call of our era. With this we will see that Chinese culture maintains its appeal and evolves with the times. In 2017, the cultural development and innovation project to promote famous people in history in Sichuan was launched, and Li Bai was selected as one of the famous people in history in the project. The requirements on promoting the development of fine traditional Chinese culture by the CPC Central Committee and the provincial party committee provides guidelines and principles for us in implementing the work in the development of fine traditional Chinese culture. As the birthplace of Li Bai, Mianyang¡¯s measures to develop culture through Li Bai's poetry is to implement the decisions on promoting the development of fine traditional Chinese culture made by the CPC Central Committee and the provincial party committee, and to meet the requirement for Mianyang's development in the new era. It will strengthen Mianyang's cultural soft power, further improve the city's impact and reputation, and provide powerful support for the construction of China Science and Technology City (Mianyang) and establishing Mianyang as a city with a strong economy in the west region.

The meeting stressed that culture is the soul of a country and a nation. As a treasure in the fine traditional Chinese culture, culture in Li Bai's poetry is the cultural wealth to Chinese people and even all human beings. We should follow Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as our guideline, and work together through discussion and cooperation, to make continuous efforts to promote the development of culture through Li Bai's poetry to strengthen Li Bai's impact. Firstly, we should set up a clear goal. We should implement the requirements on promoting the development of the fine traditional Chinese culture and implementing the development and innovation project for famous people in history, to set up clear goals and determine the direction to build an international Li Bai cultural heritage with all resources. Secondly, we should adopt the right approach. We should take a people-centered approach to establish systematic thinking and strengthen top-level design. We should see ourselves as the loyal inheritor and promoter, strengthening the creative transformation and development of culture in Li Bai's poetry, and promoting the balanced development between culture and economy to accelerate building Mianyang as a city with rich culture in the west region. Thirdly, we should give priority to key tasks. We should protect and develop the cultural heritage of Li Bai, and collect historic documents about Li Bai to fully integrate Li Bai's cultural resources, and improve the conservation for Kuangshan College, Taibai Temple, and the Former Residence of Li Bai. We should establish more channels to make good use of the opportunity that Qian Lian town in Jiang You City was selected as the second batch of unique towns in China, and improve the conditions of tourist destination. We should dig deep into the culture in Li Bai's poetry to find more classical elements and representative cultural symbols, and develop a series of innovative products related to Li Bai. We should also make smooth preparations for the "Belt and Road" Libai Culture Festival, such as planning a large-scale drama, continuing to carry out folk-custom cultural activities, and strive to establish cultural festivals with international influence. We should dig into the essence of Li Bai and combine it with the core socialist values. We should study more on Li Bai's culture and further develop the culture in a new way of expression in the new era.

The meeting emphasized that development of Li Bai culture is a systematic and long-term project. Jiangyou City should earnestly shoulder the main responsibility of inheriting and developing Li Bai culture. The relevant departments at the municipal level should give full play to their functional roles, strengthen coordination and strengthen the support and guidance for the development of Li Bai culture, and jointly promote the development of Li Bai's culture to a new level.

Zhang Xuemin and Jiang Liying, leaders from the municipal government, Zou Ruoli, secretary of the municipal committee and Tan Gang, secretary of the municipal government attended the meeting.

Source: Ma Xinyou, reporter from Mianyang Daily.