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China’s Minister of Culture: Balance the Economic and Social Benefits of All Cultural Products

On January 10, 2014, the all-China Journalists’ Association held a “Press Salon” for diplomats and reporters. At the event, Cai Wu, China’s current Minister of Culture, explained the on-going reform of China’s cultural system. Cai explained that the government will no longer own and financially support China’s cultural institutions including organizations such as dance, music, art, drama, and movie companies. They will need to make their own living and make a profit. However, the Chinese government must still take tight control over what is necessary on the macro level [ideologically and politically]. Therefore, the Chinese government will help to establish non-profit cultural organizations and neutral bodies to balance the “economic benefits” and the “social benefits” of all cultural products.

Source:China Review News,January 10, 2014