On June 2, 2012, the Marxism theoretical research and development project conference was held in Beijing. The conference summarized the achievements made over the past eight years and further laid out the plan for the next step forward. Li Changchun, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, spoke at the meeting. Li requested that the work should “further carry out the key directives from the Sixth Plenary Session of the 17th Communist Party of China Central Committee held last year and that the work demonstrate a high level of understanding and confidence in the Marxist theory; further promote the development of the Party’s ideology and theory; promote the development of social sciences; and create a fine ideological and theoretical atmosphere ahead of the upcoming 18th National Congress.”
Liu Yunshan, the head of the propaganda department, hosted the meeting. There were 320 people from various propaganda departments, Marxism theoretical study groups, departments of education, and central news media agencies attending the meeting.
Source: Xinhua, June 2, 2012