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China promotes late altruism icon to bring hope

(Xinhua)

08:53, February 29, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- As Chinese battle their way through a drastic social transition process, their government is promoting the lofty values characteristic of Lei Feng, the late altruism icon, to give them hope, according to an article carried by the People's Daily newspaper Tuesday.

In rapidly developing China, "how to curb the erosion of money worship, hedonism and extreme individualism, properly define their relations with others within a society, and seek the meaning of life, are increasingly severe challenges facing every individual," read the article under the byline of Ren Zhongping.

The lengthy article carried by the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) came a day after the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee called for a national campaign of "learning from Lei Feng."

China needs to seek a "spiritual impetus" for the changing society based on the essence of Lei Feng's spirit, said the article.

The CPC Central Committee in a plenary meeting late last year called for a campaign to learn from Lei Feng in a deep manner, noted the article, terming the move part of China's efforts to build a strong nation in terms of cultural influence.

Every individual should draw motivation from Lei Feng, carry forward the traditional virtues of the Chinese nation, act on socialist morals and develop good social customs, the article said.

It added that every Party member and official, in particular, is obligated to follow in Lei's footsteps and set a good example in practicing socialist core values at a time of conflicting interests and plural values.

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