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Chinese Academy of Social Sciences is 'infiltrated by foreign forces': anti-graft official

Party discipline officer says Chinese Academy of Social Sciences also engages in 'illegal collusion', in online remarks quickly removed

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 June, 2014, 5:45am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 June, 2014, 8:15am

A senior party discipline inspector has accused one of China's most influential academic research organisations of being "infiltrated by foreign forces" and "conducting illegal collusion during [politically] sensitive times".

The criticisms were made by Zhang Yingwei during a visit to a research institute for modern Chinese history on Tuesday.

They were posted in an article on the institute's website that was removed yesterday.

Zhang heads a group sent to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Cass) by the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).

He had asked the academy to "remain alert to some politically sensitive issues", the article said. It did not say whether he named the "foreign forces" or what he meant by "illegal collusion during sensitive times".

The warnings to Cass, an influential government think tank, come at a time when President Xi Jinping is tightening his grip on the media and has launched sweeping anti-corruption and ideological campaigns targeting the civil service and state-owned enterprises, as well as an intense crackdown on liberal intellectuals and activists.

On Friday, the CCDI spoke to nine new discipline inspectors at another leading research institute, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, about their roles and the anti-graft campaign inside that academy.

During a session on Xi's thoughts on party discipline at Cass, Zhang said the academy had "ideological problems".

These included using academic research as a guise for other purposes; using the internet to promote theories that played into the hands of foreign powers, allowing undue foreign influence in sensitive issues; and "illegal collusion" between Cass experts and foreign interests at sensitive times.

Zhang said Cass should maintain a high level of political sensitivity at all times and work in tandem with the party's Central Committee to strengthen political awareness. He said there would be no exceptions made for anyone.

The article on the institute's website was removed yesterday after the news began circulating online. Sima Pingbang, a well-known blogger in Beijing, asked why the Public Security Bureau had not taken action if the academy had indeed been infiltrated by overseas interests.

China-watcher Johnny Lau Yui-siu said the graft watchdog's warnings to academic bodies showed the party was extremely fearful that their work with foreign institutions would expose them to values like human rights and freedom of speech.

"Cass funds overseas researchers to carry out studies in China that benefit the country, and they award scholarships to attract foreign talent, but they can't do any of it without their leaders' approval," he said.

"Their leaders are all appointed by those high up in the party, so there won't be ideological problems.

"In fact, Cass has never colluded with foreign powers, because all it does is explain and justify the party's policies."

Cass did not respond to requests for comments yesterday.

Zhang is a former lecturer on Marxism and Leninism at what is now Inner Mongolia Agricultural University.


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China, the Land of Pure Thought. Such a fine contribution to human development.
The autocracy which includes the kleptocracy has not embraced the loon-ocracy. Paranoid delusions are on the house in the glorious Communist Government. And HK people are primed to have their rights taken in exchange for promises of a few shekels. Sad but true.
Always with the "foreign forces" bogeyman. When will these shoe polish, greasehead thugs ever accept a little personal responsibility?
Hey dude, get with the program! The "reform and opening up" period is over. The cadres have returned to the intellectual equivalent of restricting trade with foreigners to boats of one mast, as was done in the 1400s by the Ming Dynasty as China turned inward.
That 500 year snooze that resulted was great for China, wasn't it? I'm sure that this new bout of isolationism will be just as effective.
The so-called multi-culturalism and globalization is of course in essence the homogenization of all social values according to Western models and the English language, to the detriment of all other cultures. I do not think China or any country in the world has the power to resist infiltration of their culture by the United States and the English language.


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