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Xi: Build China's cultural confidence
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President Xi Jinping has called upon artists in the country to consolidate the confidence in Chinese culture, serve the people and create more inspiring and classical works to revive the nation.

Xi made the comments when addressing the 10th national congress of the Association of Literature and Art and the 9th national congress of the Chinese Writers' Association on Wednesday.

The gatherings, held every five years and ending on Saturday, bring together the country's influential elite in literature, art, music, theater, film and other arts.

Delegates and observers said the president's speech offered wisdom on guiding the development of arts and culture.

Xi had four expectations of the artists. The first is "to consolidate the confidence in Chinese culture and use art to inspire people."

The second is to "serve and praise the people with positive works".

The third expectation is to "be more innovative" and the last is to "hold the idea and inspire society with high culture."

Commenting on the first expectation, Xi said: "To revive the nation, we must be confident in our path, in our theory and in our system as well as our culture. Artists should learn to draw essence and power from Chinese culture to create classical works to inspire people."

Regarding his second expectation, Xi said: "It is the people who create history. Artists should care about people's lives, voices and emotion, and create works that inspire the people and are appreciated by the people."

Regarding the third and fourth expectations, Xi said: "Artworks reflect a nation's soft power and creativity. China should not only provide the world a development model but a variety of great artworks.”

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