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Qiushi (Chinese: 求是; pinyin: Qiúshì; literally: "Seek Truth") is a bi-monthly political theory periodical published by the Central Party School and the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Its goal is to "to publicize the governing philosophy of the CPC" with content that reports on political, economic, cultural and social issues, while providing analysis of world politics and China’s foreign relations". About 60% of its articles are written by political leaders.[1]


Founded on July 1, 1988, it replaced the Red Flag (Hongqi) periodical of Mao Zedong, which Deng Xiaoping shut down in light of China's changing political climate and the Communist Party distancing itself from the Cultural Revolution and Maoist class struggles in favour of a market-oriented pragmatic system.[2][3] The periodical is widely circulated amongst high-level Communist Party officials.[4] The title originates from the quote shi shi qiu shi (实事求是), which means "seeking truth from facts". The journal's logo is the handwriting of Deng Xiaoping.[1] Qiushi established created its website www.qstheory.cn on July 1, 2009, and launched an English-language edition on October 1, 2009.[1]

As of 2010, it reported a circulation of 1.26 million in more than 100 countries and regions. It reportedly had "a domestic circulation of over 1 million for 14 consecutive years".[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "About Qiushi Journal". Qiushi Journal. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Reform". Beijing News. 30 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "China to Furl Red Flag, Its Maoist Theoretical Journal". Los Angeles Times. May 1, 1988. 
  4. ^ "Sunny skies: China’s gold ambitions". Financial Times. 17 August 2012. 

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