BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Hu Jintao has told Communist Party members that hostile forces abroad are trying to westernize and divide the country with their cultural influence and that officials must remain vigilant against such efforts.

The party magazine Seeking Truth this week published an excerpt of a speech by Hu to party leaders in October in which he said China is facing a difficult ideological struggle.

Hu did not specify who the hostile forces are but Chinese leaders have tried to bolster their legitimacy with a more demanding public by depicting China as being engaged in an ideological and cultural war with the West.

Party leaders have previously said China must create more cultural products like books, films and art to attract Chinese audiences.

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