CCTV reported (December 4) that Chinese President Xi Jinping met representatives of the plenary session of the Military Ideological and Political Education Work Conference held in Beijing from December 3 to 4. Xi Jinping met and had a group photograph with them on December 4, at the Jingxi Hotel. It reported that this military-wide ideological and political education work conference, guided by Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, thoroughly implements Xi Jinping’s Thought on Strengthening the Army, and studies and implements a series of important instructions and requirements of Xi Jinping on strengthening and improving the ideological and political education of the People’s Army. Focus on strengthening the party’s ideological and political leadership over the army, focus on building an ideological and political education system for the people’s army in the new era, innovate educational concepts, content, methods, strength, work operations, and institutional mechanisms, and strive to open up a new era of ideological and political education for the people’s army. Advancing the cause of strengthening the military provides a strong ideological and political guarantee.Various departments of the Military Commission in charge of political work leaders, political commissars of all major units of the military, and relevant leaders of political work departments attended the meeting as did Xu Qiliang, Zhang Youxia, Li Zuocheng, Miao Hua and Zhang Shengmin. CMC Vice Chairman Zhang Youxia delivered a speech when he emphasised that it is necessary to thoroughly implement Chairman Xi’s important instructions, focus on the party’s ideological and political building of the army, firmly grasp the political direction of building an ideological and political education system for the people’s army in the new era, and always turn to Xi Jinping to strengthen the army. The fundamental principle of ideological casting and educating people is to rely on the masses, to mobilise the masses to promote the reform of the education model, strengthen the benchmarking of leading cadres’ demonstration by example, and form a general pattern of holistic and joint efforts to grasp education, and realize the ideological and political education of our army from a new starting point. 

A PLA Daily Commentary (December 5) stressed that the work conference strengthens the party’s absolute leadership over the people’s army. The commentary said it is necessary "To forge the soul of the army under the banner of the party and train absolutely loyal revolutionary fighters, it is necessary to arm the officers and soldiers with Xi Jinping’s new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics and Xi Jinping’s thinking on strengthening the army, follow the requirements of learning, understanding and practice, in-depth, lasting and solid study Education, improve the quality and effectiveness of indoctrination, strengthen ideals and beliefs, and promote the party’s innovative theories to go deep, practical, and heart". Saying that "Ideological and political education is a holistic project and a systematic project", the commentary said the conference "is a new starting point to promote the ideological and political education of our army" and "Through strong ideological and political education, guide the officers and soldiers of the whole army to strengthen the "four consciousnesses", strengthen the "four self-confidence", and achieve the "two maintenance", implement the chairman responsibility system of the Military Commission, and resolutely obey the Party Central Committee, the Central Military Commission and Chairman Xi's commands, and work tirelessly to advance the cause of a strong army in the new era".

Earlier on December 3, the People's Daily disclosed that “in the past three years, 178 theoretical lectures and 302 symposiums have been held for more than 34,700 grassroots officers and soldiers. Theoretical guidance has allowed Xi Jinping's Thought of strengthening the army to enter the hearts of officers and soldiers.” It also asserted that "The whole army insists on putting ideological and political construction in the first place, unremittingly arming its officers and soldiers with Xi Jinping’s new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics and Xi Jinping’s thinking on strengthening the army" and added “The whole army resolutely resists the undercurrent of the ‘color revolutions’ of hostile forces, resolutely resists erroneous political views such as ‘de-partyization and depoliticization of the military’ and ‘nationalization of the military’, and resolutely resists distorting the history of our party and our military and discrediting revolutionary martyrs and heroes. Erroneous remarks, firmly grasp the initiative of ideological struggle.”

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