Fully Implement the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era*
October 25, 2017
We must ensure that the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and its basic principles are fully implemented, so as to raise the level of understanding of Marxism within the whole Party. The thought and its basic principles have come neither from thin air nor subjective assumptions. They are the results of the rigorous theoretical quest of the Party and the Chinese people since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, based on our Party's innovation in theory and practice since the founding of the PRC in 1949 and particularly since the launch of reform and opening up in 1978. They therefore represent a crystallization of the creative wisdom of our Party and the people. As the saying goes, "Forever green is the tree of life." A theory can only find its inspiration in the richness and vibrancy of real life and in the practical need to resolve social problems. On our journey in the new era, all Party members should combine theory with practice, that is, linking theoretical study closely with the historic changes in the undertakings of the Party and the state, with the new realities of Chinese socialism in the new era, with the great changes in the principal problems confronting our society, and with the work required to fulfill the Two Centenary Goals. To achieve this, we must consciously guide practice with theory and ensure that all aspects of our work better conform to the demands of objective and scientific laws. In this way, we will constantly enhance our capacity to uphold and develop Chinese socialism in the new era, and turn our Party's theories into a powerful force for us to realize the Two Centenary Goals and the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.
* Part of the speech at the First Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee.
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