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China issues five-year reform plan on cultural industry
May 10,2017   By:Xinhua
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May 10,2017--An exhibitor holds up two folded fans featuring Qin Dynasty (221 to 206 BC) characters at the 12th China Cultural Products Trade Fair in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, April 27, 2017. [Photo/VCG]

BEIJING,May 10,2017--China is planning to develop its cultural industry into a pillar of the national economy by 2020 by upgrading its industrial structure, fostering major brands and boosting consumption, according to a government blueprint made public Sunday.
 
Issued by the general offices of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council, the outline for the 13th five-year program (2016-2020) period on cultural development and reform specifies the guiding principles, major goals, key projects, as well as policy supports for future cultural reforms.
 
This period is decisive for China's goal of building a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way by 2020, and also key for promoting the country's cultural development, the outline said.
 
"Building a discourse system" was listed as one of the major innovative projects in the philosophy of the social sciences under the plan. The outline said that research should focus on the CPC Central Committee's new governance concepts, ideas and strategies.
 
The outline also called for support for specialized high-level think tanks, saying their role should be given full play.