On October 1, 2013, Qiushi, a journal of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, published an article titled, “Consolidate the Guiding Position of Marxism in the Ideological Field.” The article opened with a quote from CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping’s explanation of purpose of the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda and ideological work: “Propaganda and ideological work are to consolidate the guiding position of Marxism in the ideological field and to consolidate the common ideological foundation shared by the whole Party and all the Chinese people when they fight together (for their goals).” The article emphasized that the more diverse ideas and thoughts circulate in society, the more (the Chinese Communist Party) should uphold and consolidate the guiding position of Marxism. However, the Marxism mentioned in the article includes not only Marxism but also Marxism-Leninism and all the “theories” promoted by the previous top leaders of the Chinese Communist Party, such as Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping’s Theory, Jiang Zemin’s “Three Represents,” and Hu Jintao’s Scientific Outlook on Development.
The article criticized two different trends of anti-Marxism: 1) replacing Marxism with “universal values” and replacing the socialist system led by the CCP with the Western capitalist system model; 2) negating China’s economic reform and opening up, which is a special kind of socialism with Chinese characteristics. The CCP needs to pay close attention to the problem of “lack of faith.” The article said that some Party members and officials “pray to gods and to Buddha” and “believe in a Qigong Master." “Family members emigrate to foreign countries” and “deposit money in foreign countries” so as to get ready to escape China. The article concludes, “We must have confidence in our path, our theories, and our system.”
Source: Qiushi, October 1, 2013