Repression of Chinese culture a sign of “profound” political change – commentary
SHANGHAI, Aug.31 (Reuters) – China’s crackdown on celebrity culture and its drive to subdue internet giants is a sign of the “deep” political changes underway in the country, a prominent blogger said in an article widely disseminated in state media.
The Chinese government recently took action against what it described as a “chaotic” online fan club culture, and also punished celebrities for tax evasion and other offenses.
In a wide range of interventions in the economy, he has also pledged to tackle inequalities, “excessively high” incomes, soaring house prices and for-profit educational institutions.
“This is a transformation from the capital in the center to the people in the center,” wrote nationalist author Li Guangman in an essay originally published on his official channel Wechat.
“It is also a return to the original intentions of the Chinese Communist Party (…) a return to the essence of socialism,” he wrote in an article republished by the Xinhua News Agency and the Official Gazette. of the Communist Party, the People’s Daily. .
Li, identified as a former editor of a state publication, said Chinese markets “would no longer be a haven for capitalists to get rich overnight,” adding that culture would not be a safe haven. for celebrities and that public opinion “would no longer be a place of worship for Western culture”.
“Therefore, we need to control all the cultural chaos and build a vibrant, healthy, masculine, strong and people-oriented culture,” he wrote.
Since coming to power in 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has sought to strengthen the role of the ruling Communist Party in all areas of society, including its businesses, schools and cultural institutions.
In a speech marking the Party’s centenary in July, Xi pledged to “strengthen” the Party’s powers, maintain his own “grassroots” leadership and strengthen the unity of the Chinese people.
Reporting by David Stanway. Editing by Gerry Doyle
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