“The arts must serve the people and serve socialism” said Xi Jinping, during a symposium of prominent artists held in Beijing. It was 2014, and the world was just getting the first glimpses of the profound overhaul that the new secretary general of the Chinese Communist Party was aiming to achieve. Fast forward 7 years, China is in the process of redrawing its own entertainment sector and reshaping the connection between culture and the people.
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