BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Xi Jinping has urged all Party members to learn Marxist philosophy to better understand the country's situation and help push forward all types work.
Xi made the remarks on Tuesday at a group study of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, China's top leadership, on the basic theory and methodology of Karl Marx's historical materialism, according to a statement released on Wednesday.
Historical materialism is a methodological approach to the study of society, economics and history.
When presiding over the group study, Xi said Marxist philosophy, which has revealed the general rule of human society development, still has strong vitality and serves as powerful arms of thought for guiding communists to make progress.
Members of the political bureau listened to lectures delivered by Professor Guo Zhan from Renmin University and Professor Han Qingxiang with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee.
Group study is used by the top leadership to learn about major issues. It was the 11th group study of the current political bureau.
Xi said at different times in history, the CPC has had many successes with the help of historical materialism. He said experiences and the current situation showed that only by sticking to historical materialism can the Party make continuous progress.
Xi said social existence determines social consciousness. The Party's theory, guidelines and policies are correct as they are based on the social existence of the present era.
The overall arrangements for comprehensively deepening reform, which were made in the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, are in accordance with the country's basic national conditions and development requirements.
Xi stressed that people, who are the creators of history, should benefit more from development results.
He said without theory, a country with over 1.3 billion people and a complicated domestic and international environment cannot overcome challenges and difficulties, nor make progress.
He urged all Party cadres, especially high-ranking officials, to study classic works of Marxism, strengthen their faith and improve their capabilities in a bid to make new progress in reforms and development.
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