Addressing a grand meeting to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the founding of the CPC on July 1, 2016, Xi Jinping called on the whole Party to have confidence in its path, guiding theories, and political system, and above all to have confidence in China’s culture.
This was not the first time that Xi had emphasized the importance of cultural confidence. He had already raised the subject back in February 2014 when chairing a group study session of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee. He referred to the topic again the following March when joining a discussion among NPC deputies from Guizhou Province. “We should have confidence in our path, guiding theories, and political system, and most importantly, confidence in our culture,” he told the deputies.
These “matters of confidence” can be seen to have developed and enriched the theories of socialism with Chinese characteristics. Confidence in the path offers a firm assurance about a promising future of Chinese socialism; confidence in the theories affirms a strong belief that the theoretical framework of Chinese socialism is correct, scientific, and sound; confidence in the system manifests an abiding faith in the strengths and advanced nature of Chinese socialism as a political system; confidence in China’s culture demonstrates a full confirmation of the nation’s own cultural values and a deep trust in their vitality. Such confidence is “more fundamental, more extensive, and more profound.”
Complementing each other and operating in harmony, these four matters of confidence constitute important components of Chinese socialism.