Jiang Hui 姜辉 is the head of Institute of Information Studies at China Academy of Social Sciences
1, The mainstream ideology of our country is the centralized reflection and spiritual flag of our economic and political situations. It is suitable for new changes, new conditions and new phases of social development. With its strong guidance, cohesiveness and influence, it promotes social reform and development. It also maintains social stability.
2, (Under the new leadership or Chairman Xi Jinping) There is upgraded status and increased influence of mainstream ideology. And there are some new characteristics. They are: A: there is increased credibility and recognition of mainstream ideology.
3, B: There is increased guidance and control of mainstream ideology. Because of the successful development of the socialist path with Chinese characteristics, as well as many impressive miracles created in China due to this path, there is decreased influence of non-mainstream ideologies, which have been battling with mainstream ideology, like neo-liberalism, social democracy, universal values, Western constitutional theory and historical nihilism. Theories of “China is collapsing”, “China is failing”, “China is a threat” and “China is a monopoly” have been popular, but with China’s friendly, peaceful and win-win diplomatic policies, these theories are not very convincing.
4, C: Mainstream ideology has become more open and tolerant. It fully represents the great confidence and strong resiliency of mainstream ideology.
4, 三是主流意识形态的开放性和包容性拓展了.. 充分展现了主流意识形态的博大自信和蓬勃生命力
5, There are also new characteristics and trends of non-mainstream ideologies. They continue to challenge mainstream ideology with different contents and styles. Their characteristics are: First: Their political appeals and values have become more obvious and public, particularly on the subjects related to overall reform path and directions, rule of law, and the relations of the Party’s leadership. They have started to have strong voices in these fields. Second: There are many jointed confluence among different kinds of non-mainstream ideologies. They set up some topics that attract people’s attentions or stimulate their emotions, and create some “ideological group incidents”; Third, Non-mainstream ideologies increasingly use platforms like academic discussions and policy debates. Some so-called “public intellectuals” have become the main broadcasters, initiators and speakers.
6, C: Mainstream ideology needs to continue increasing its self-confidence. First we need to actively promote the creativity of the Party’s leadership and continue to enrich and develop Marxist theories’ application in China. Second, we need to take more initiatives and increase our leadership so as to strengthen our manipulation and integration of non-mainstream ideologies. Third, we need to continue showcasing our confidence in theories, to actively promote the power of discourse, and develop the structure of discourse. Fourth, we need to be inclusive and tolerant enough to encourage more openness and tolerance of mainstream ideology.