China’s Xi Calls for ‘Socialist Family Values’ in 2017 as Anti-Beijing Sentiment GrowsPosted: January 2, 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping made statements last month demanding a “new trend toward socialist family values” in China.
Xi made the comments at a conference “to honor model families” in December, according to Xinhua, defining “socialist family values” as “love for the nation, family and one another, devotion to progress and kindness, and mutual growth and sharing.” His New Year’s Eve address appeared to promote more of the same, demanding the Chinese people “work harder” to aid the Communist Party’s progress both nationally and globally.
“As long as our 1.3 billion-plus people are pulled together for a common cause, as long as the Party stands together with the people and we roll up our sleeves to work harder, we will surely succeed in a Long March of our generation,” Xi reportedly said in his address.
He made clear that the values he seeks to see Chinese families promote are indivisible from Communist Party edicts, reminding listeners that “law is virtue put down in words, and virtue is law borne in people’s hearts.”
Xi reportedly urged “fostering a belief in law, the rule of law and rules, and guiding people to voluntarily assume their statutory duties, as well as responsibilities for society and family.”
The Chinese Communist Party propaganda outlet The People’s Daily reported that Chinese citizens online “responded enthusiastically to President Xi Jinping’s New Year’s address, equally impressed by the content and inspirational phrasing of the speech.”
The Chinese media outlets’ emphasis on family values are contrasted with Western-style popular culture on the pages of the Global Times, another English-language propaganda outlet. While China’s president has repeatedly dwelled on “socialist family values” in recent speeches, the Times has decried reality show participants and celebrity divorcees as indicative of a trend of immaturity among young Chinese people.
The major culprit appears to be a reality show called Chinese-Style Blind Dating, where parents get a say in whether a contestant’s romantic prospects are good for them. The Times complains that too many men on the show are “not looking for true love or their other half, but a mother” and cites an “expert” — Chinese psychoanalyst Wu Zhihong, author of Nation of Giant Infants — who protests that “the majority” of Chinese people “are stuck at the level of a 6-month-old infant.”
Unfortunately for Xi, many of those who are perturbed by the comfortable lives of China’s elite — the “giant infants” likely targeted by the call for “socialist family values” — are Maoists who blame Xi and his embrace of globalist elitism for the devolution in Communist loyalties in China. These Communists, dubbed “Neo-Maoists” or the “New Left,” see Xi as a force perverting true Communism to allow business to flourish in the nation…(read more)
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