General Secretary Xi Jinping stated at the Symposium on Cultural Inheritance and Development that "Chinese-style modernization empowers Chinese civilization with modern strength, while Chinese civilization endows Chinese-style modernization with profound heritage." With a history of over 5000 years, Chinese civilization embodies the deepest spiritual pursuits of the Chinese nation. Embarking on our new journey, we must deeply study and implement the spirit of the important speech by General Secretary Xi Jinping, strengthen cultural self-confidence, shoulder responsibilities, and strive vigorously. With the positive energy of upholding integrity and fostering innovation, we shall continue our historical cultural heritage and compose a brilliant contemporary new chapter, making efforts to construct a modern Chinese civilization.
Chinese civilization provides continuous nourishment that sustains the Chinese nation. It is the only civilization in the world that has endured since ancient times and has never been interrupted. It has formed a distinctive and profound system of values and civilization, characterized by remarkable continuity, innovation, unity, inclusiveness, and peacefulness. From the ideal of "the world belongs to all" and "great unity under the heaven" to the governance philosophy of "putting the people first" and "governing by virtue," from the unity of people from diverse regions and backgrounds to the patriotic pursuits of "first cultivate oneself, then manage the family, govern the state, and bring peace to all under heaven" and "whether a nation stands or falls depends on ordinary citizens," from the spiritual pursuit of "moral integrity and virtue" to the ethical considerations of "prosper the people and benefit the country," from the ecological concept of "harmony between man and nature" to the philosophical thought of "seeking truth from facts" and "unity of knowledge and practice," from the thinking method of "balancing both sides" to the social approach of "sincerity, goodwill, and harmony" and "sincerity, benevolence, kindness and trust towards the neighbors," the profound Chinese civilization provides continuous nourishment for the growth and development of the Chinese nation, making significant contributions to the progress of human civilization. It also offers valuable insights for today's international community in addressing changes in the world, the era, and history. To promote and expand Chinese-style modernization, we must step on the soil of China, inherit Chinese civilization, and draw continuous motivation from it.
Promoting the "Second Combination" is an intrinsic requirement for inheriting Chinese civilization. Chinese culture has a long history, and Chinese civilization is profound. Many ideas and values from Excellent Chinese Traditional Culture resonate with Marxism. The Communist Party of China insists on combining the basic principles of Marxism with China's specific realities and Excellent Chinese Traditional Culture, using the power of Marxist truths to activate the great civilization created by the Chinese nation over thousands of years. This propels the creative transformation and innovative development of Excellent Chinese Traditional Culture, allowing Chinese civilization to radiate powerful spiritual strength once again in the New Era. Practice has fully demonstrated that the "Second Combination" is another liberation of thinking. It is of great significance to draw wisdom from Excellent Chinese Traditional Culture, infuse Marxism with more Chinese characteristics, styles, and demeanor, and continuously enhance the spiritual strength to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation through the inheritance and innovation of Excellent Chinese Traditional Culture. To construct the modern civilization of the Chinese nation, we must continually advance the "Second Combination," fully utilize the precious resources of Excellent Chinese Traditional Culture, explore forward-looking theoretical and institutional innovations, and allow Chinese civilization to be renewed and filled with vitality in the New Era.
In the promotion of Chinese-style modernization, Chinese civilization shall continue to renew and update. From turbulence to prosperity, the reason why Chinese civilization can regain its brilliance lies fundamentally in the fact that the Communist Party of China has united and led the Chinese people to embark on the path of Chinese-style modernization. Rooted in Excellent Chinese Traditional Culture, Chinese-style modernization is a modernization that carries forward ancient civilization. It possesses common features of modernization while also having a profound heritage of Chinese civilization. It has created a new panorama of Chinese modern civilization different from the Western modernization model, displaying distinctive Chinese characteristics based on its own national conditions. For instance, drawing from the political tradition of Chinese civilization, it is clear that upholding the Party's leadership is an essential requirement of Chinese-style modernization. General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out, "The Party provides core leadership for all our endeavors. As the ancient saying goes, ‘unified customs and moral attitudes of all regions and peoples under the heaven.’ In contemporary China, this is not attainable without the leadership of the Party." Chinese-style modernization regards upholding the Party's leadership as the fundamental guarantee for the success of all party and state endeavors. It fully leverages the political advantages of Party leadership, ensuring that Chinese-style modernization anchors its goals and advances steadfastly. Chinese-style modernization rejuvenates Chinese civilization. Through substantial efforts to promote Chinese-style modernization,the splendor of Chinese civilization will undoubtedly be revitalized.