The Chinese government needs to invest more in education to foster a highly ethical nation, says Chinese President Hu Jintao in the latest "Qiushi" (Seeking Truth From Facts) magazine.
The article, entitled "Firmly Fostering a Socialist Ethics Concept on Honors and Disgraces", outlines how the government should put education at the top of its agenda.
Cultural undertakings should be facilitated to offer products that enlighten the public, he says in the article which is taken from his speech to annual session of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in March.
The ability of learning, experiment and innovation is the important quality in cultivating talented people, he says.
According to Hu, Communist Party officials and the masses, especially the youth, should maintain socialist morality in line with the Eight Honors and Disgraces:
-- Love the country; do it no harm
-- Serve the people; never betray them
-- Follow science; discard superstition
-- Be diligent; not indolent
-- Be united, help each other; make no gains at other's expense
-- Be honest and trustworthy; do not sacrifice ethics for profit
-- Be disciplined and law-abiding; not chaotic and lawless
-- Live plainly, work hard; do not wallow in luxuries and pleasures.