Qiushi published an article that discussed the importance of ideology in the international contest. The article stated, “Firmly controlling a nation’s ideological position is not only its core national interest, but is also an important bargaining chip in the international contest. Today’s world has left ‘the era of violence and money control’ and ‘nuclear bombs and rockets’ have moved to the back of the stage. Competing for ‘soft power,’ including the right to determine what language is spoken, controlling the Internet, issuing information, establishing the rules, and leading the cultural trend, have become the focus of competition for comprehensive national strength. In this ‘war without smoke,’ between all participating countries and based on international and domestic pressure, China has gained the forefront in the ideology struggle. China’s ideological development faces many challenges. The article listed the following challenges:
1. The culture infiltration of Western hostile forces threatens the security of China’s ideology. 2. Different thoughts interfere with the recognition of China’s mainstream ideology. 3. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc have weakened the belief in China’s mainstream ideology. 4. Development and modernization as the main theme and goal have diluted the confrontation among different ideologies. 5. Multi-value oriented development has impacted China’s mainstream ideology. 6. Information being networked is challenging the ability to control ideology.
Source: Qiushi, July issue, 2012