02 Jan '12, 6am

Hu warns Chinese culture being "Westernised"

Hu warns Chinese culture being "Westernised"

BEIJING: Chinese President Hu Jintao has warned that "hostile" powers are seeking to "Westernise" the country and called for greater efforts to enhance China's cultural influence overseas. Hu's remarks published in the latest edition of Communist Party magazine Seeking the Truth come after Beijing ordered the culture industry -- taken to include the media -- to lift its game as China pushes its "soft power" abroad. "Hostile international powers are strengthening their efforts to Westernise and divide us," Hu wrote in the article, noting "ideological and cultural fields" are their main targets. "We must be aware of the seriousness and complexity of the struggles and take powerful measures to prevent and deal with them." Hu also called for greater efforts to develop Chinese culture to meet the "growing spiritual and cultural demands of the people" in China. "The overall stre...

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