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He Xingliang: Intensified Anti-corruption Efforts are Needed for Universities and Research Institutions

Source: People’s Daily Date: 2017-03-02


He Xingliang (CPPCC Delegate, Member of Academic Committee of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Counsellor of the State Council)
 
My proposals submitted to this year’s NPC and CPPCC sessions focus on carrying forward China’s fine traditions, building the disciplines of philosophies and social sciences with Chinese characteristics and environmental protection. I am preparing the following proposals: Strengthening Cultural Confidence and Carrying forward Fine Traditions, Suggestions on Building the Disciplines of Philosophies and Social Sciences with Chinese Characteristics, Suggestions on Encouraging Chinese-Style Decorations, Applying and Innovating Architectural Traditions in Modern Residential Buildings, and Suggestions on Encouraging Electric Heating in Winter.

I have many expectations for the two sessions. I myself pay special attention to the following topics: new measures on tackling air pollution; institutions and specific and practical laws and regulations on fighting corruption; intensified efforts at universities and research institutions; specific measures to carry forward fine Chinese traditions.

In addition, I have some personal observations on building the disciplines of philosophies and social sciences with Chinese characteristics and environmental protection. Over the past 20 years, there has been blind worship of Western academics among Chinese social scientists. First, some scholars have mechanically introduced Western theories and methods; second, some universities have used Western textbooks without discretion; third, some scholars have been obsessed with imitating Western styles of writing and expression; fourth, some scholars have been studying whatever topics Western scholars have worked on; fifth, some scholars have used Western academic standards to assess research works in China. To build disciplines of philosophies and social sciences with Chinese characteristics, we must have academic confidence in the first place. Ancient Chinese created splendid cultures. The academic achievements made before the Qin Dynasty are as brilliant as those in ancient Greece. Second, it is important to draw strengths from both Chinese and Western cultures. There are different academic traditions and origins in China and the West. Chinese academic traditions date back to the pre-Qin period when different school of thoughts contended and flourished. Western academic traditions go back to ancient Rome. For over 2,000 years, they have developed different systems. Chinese and Western academics each have their own strengths and weaknesses. It is important to draw upon their strengths for complementarity. Third, it is essential to be grounded in China’s realities and innovate both theories and methods to establish a modern academic and cultural system with distinctive Chinese features.