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COSC and CCICH Held Meeting on Collecting Cultural and Historical Materials

Date: 2017-06-19
 
On 15 June 2017, the Counsellors’ Office of the State Council (COSC) and the China Central Institute for Culture and History (CCICH) convened a meeting in Beijing on collecting cultural and historical materials. Mr. Wang Zhongwei, Party Secretary and Director of COSC attended and addressed the meeting, together with about 100 participants, including Mr. Wang Weimin, member of the COSC Party group and deputy director of COSC; Mr. Wang Shaozhong, Deputy Director of the State Archives Administration; CCICH research fellows Sun Ji, Fu Xi’nian, Yang Tianshi, and Liu Mengxi; and senior officials of the institutes for cultural and historical studies in different parts of the country. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Yuan Xingpei, CCICH curator.

 
Mr. Wang Zhongwei talked about the motivations of the COSC and CCICH in carrying out this program. He noted that the CCICH, a specialized agency for cultural and historical studies, was trusted by Comrade Mao Zedong in its early days with the mission of honoring tradition and culture and keeping historical records to advise policy-making. In recent years, the CCICH has been following closely Comrade Xi Jinping’s remarks on various occasions and Premier Li Keqiang’s instructions. It has effectively contributed to the sound and democratic decision-making process of the state and the cultural development of the nation. In order to better and more effectively play its role, the COSC and CCICH has decided to carry out a long-term program to solicit cultural and historical materials from the whole society to create a CCICH cultural and historical database. Any forms of cultural and historical materials that reflect the changes in the Chinese society, culture, and history since 1900 will be welcome. At the same time, this program also collects such materials as the works, essay collections, and manuscripts of the curators and research fellows (living and deceased included) of the cultural and historical research institutes across the country. All these materials will be systematically organized and studied, and the results will be published. The CCICH hopes to create a platform for displaying these materials and form of chain of collecting, organizing, studying, publishing, and displaying the materials so as to better preserve our cultural legacy and use it as a guide for the future.

 
Wang said it was necessary to develop a strong sense of mission and responsibility, stay open-minded and objective, and value first-hand knowledge and experience. In doing this job, one should keep in mind the development goals of the country and the need to build up theoretical structures to make the collection more relevant to social development, to boosting cultural confidence and awareness, and to developing a socialist country with a strong cultural tradition and a core set of values.

Wang stressed the need for cooperation between various social groups, news agencies, and all those interested in the undertaking. He also encouraged compatriots in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and other overseas areas to provide valuable materials and information and called on all the institutions and professionals to contribute to the program.

At the meeting, Wang also announced the establishment of an expert committee overseeing the program and issued letters of appointment to representatives of the committee present at the meeting, including Yuan Xingpei, Sun Ji, Fu Xi’nian, Yang Tianshi, Liu Mengxi, Chen Zuwu, Cheng Dali, An Jiayao, and Wang Shaozhong.