The Global Times (Chinese version - January 7) reported that the state-owned CCTV (January 6) had covered the meeting of the National Propaganda Ministers held in Beijing on January 6. Wang Huning, PBSC member and Secretary of the CCP CC Secretariat, said in his speech that it is necessary to adhere to the guidance of 'Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era', strengthen the "four consciousnesses", strengthen the "four self-confidence", achieve "two maintenances", and start a new journey around the beginning of the "14th Five-Year Plan". He said it is essential to "highlight the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, do a solid job of propaganda and ideology, and provide a strong ideological guarantee and a strong spiritual force for the comprehensive construction of a modern socialist country to make a good start". Wang Huning pointed out that to do well in this year’s propaganda and ideological work, 'Xi Jinping’s thoughts on socialism with Chinese characteristics for the new era' must be taken as a major political task. Huang Kunming, PB member and Minister of the CCP CC Propaganda Department presided over the meeting. He emphasised the "need to thoroughly study and implement General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important ideas on propaganda and ideological work, and unremittingly use Xi Jinping’s thoughts on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era to cast souls". He said "We must adhere to the leadership of the party's political construction to strengthen the building of the propaganda and ideological team, strengthen political judgment, political understanding, and political execution, and build a new army of the era that bears mission and responsibility and is brave to innovate and create". PB member and Vice Premier Sun Chunlan also attended the meeting.

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