China has promised to cut out the “tumours” of celebrity and capitalism as the country undergoes a “profound revolution” and return to socialism.

“From the economic realm, the financial sector to the cultural circle and to the political field, a profound transformation, or a profound revolution, is taking place,” Li Guangman, a nationalist blogger, wrote in an article republished by state media.

“This is a political transformation . . . returning to the original mission of the Communist Party of China, returning to the people centralism, and returning to the essence of socialism,” Li wrote in the article, which was picked up by the People’s Daily, the official Xinhua news agency, PLA Daily, China Youth Daily, the China News Service and China