A People's Daily article (January 28) captioned 'Enhance the appeal of ideological and political education in the army' stressed that "Political work is the greatest feature and advantage of our army, and an important guarantee for maintaining the nature, purpose, and true qualities of our army. Political work is, in the final analysis, the work of being a human being, and the focus is on creating souls and educating people."  It asserted that "The ideological and political education of the army must keep pace with the times, walk with the officers and soldiers, and unremittingly use Xi Jinping's new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, especially Xi Jinping's idea of strengthening the army". Exhorting "Follow the pulse of the times and cast the soul of the army", the article said "Chairman Xi pointed out: “Persist in the party’s absolute leadership over the army is the soul of a strong army, and forging the soul of the army is the core task of our army’s political work, which cannot be shaken at any time.” Asserting that "The flag casts the soul and strengthens the ideological foundation of following the party's command", it urged everyone to "Always adhere to the use of Xi Jinping’s thinking on strengthening the army to forge souls and educate people, work hard to understand Xi Jinping’s thinking on strengthening the army, and thoroughly study and implement a series of important instructions and requirements of Chairman Xi on strengthening and improving the ideological and political education of the army. Consolidate the foundation of absolute loyalty."

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