BEIJING, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- A speech delivered by Chinese President Xi Jinping on the arts a year ago was made public in full for the first time on Wednesday.
Addressing authors, actors, script writers and dancers at a symposium in Beijing on Oct. 15 last year, Xi pointed out opportunities for artists under a new historical situation.
Xi told the artists that they should not pursue commercial success at the expense of producing work with artistic and moral value.
The President called on artists to create more works that are both artistically outstanding and morally inspiring, in order to serve the people and socialism and to present socialist core values.
In his speech, Xi urged artists to create more works that have "bones, morality and warmth" -- meaning works that advocate integrity, merit and compassion -- in order to provide the public the best "food for thought."
Liu Qibao, head of the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, stressed the importance of Xi's speech during an inspection on art circles on Wednesday.
Liu called on artists to base their works on the lives of ordinary people.