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Three China universities vow to strengthen ideological control over students, teachers

Communist Party journal publishes statements of Peking, Fudan and Sun Yat-sen universities

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 September, 2014, 4:23pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 September, 2014, 7:33am
 

Three prestigious mainland universities have vowed to strengthen ideological control over students and teachers, according to statements in the latest issue of Qiushi, the Communist Party journal.

The statements, by Communist Party committees of Peking University, Shanghai’s Fudan University and Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, appeared in the article "How to carry out ideological work at universities under new historical conditions".

Peking University said it would tighten control of the “internet battlefield” and build a sound monitoring and management system for online public opinion. The school has set up a task force to monitor online opinion on a 24-hour basis.

"In recent years, some people with ulterior motives have added fuel to the flames on the Internet ... ultimately targeting the Chinese Communist Party and the socialist system," the Qiushi article read.

Those actions "created a very large negative impact on public opinion on the Internet and social consensus," the piece, written by the university’s party committee, went on.

The committee called on teachers and students to "take a firm stand and be unequivocal, and fight against speech and actions that touch upon the party’s and country’s principles and bottom lines in a timely, efficient and resolute manner".

Peking University also vowed to fight any comments that sabotage the Communist Party and socialism.

Fudan University, meanwhile, put its focus on teaching staff under 45 years of age, saying that some of them do not have “correct understandings” of the problems China is facing in its transitional stage.

The Shanghai-based university said it would strengthen training for the teachers and that the evaluation system for them would be reformed.

The statements come at a time when President Xi Jinping is tightening his grip on the media and intensifying a crackdown on liberal intellectuals.

In June, a senior party discipline inspector criticised the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, one of the country’s most influential think tank, for being “infiltrated by foreign forces”.

People’s Daily, the party mouthpiece, said the following month that the academy would be built into a stronghold of orthodox Marxism, and scholars at the think tank should be assessed by its loyalty to the ideology.

China on Saturday ordered journalists of both traditional and online media to learn "Marxist news values" and uphold the principles of news as prescribed by the party.

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Dao-Phooy
What socialist system in China? Its all about the CCP and power, ill-gotten wealth and oppression. Animal Farm come to life!
chaz_hen
Why even have universities? Send em all to the countryside! Again!
LSH TONG
So this is why the CCP sends their kids to overseas universities...
you can't have sheep leading docile sheep.
Wolves & Sheep dogs have to be raised appropriately...
LunarRepublic
And the CCP wants people in Hong Kong to entrust their rights and freedoms to them.
klyiu1@yahoo.ca
Let's shut down the internet ... no. Better still, not only that you have to have thought control, you have to know what's on their mind, so that you can educate them. So, let the people have access to the internet, but let's put in place some form of control, so tight that it makes the America's National Security Agency's surveillance program a joke.
rkact@robertkist.com
We don't need no education, We don't need no thought control
sjfore
In five years, will all Hong Kong universities also have a Party member in charge?
klyiu1@yahoo.ca
Just love the book Animal Farm. It's timeless. Not sure if it is a prohibited publication on the other side.
53e467c5-938c-4eea-bdd5-74340a320969
Do agree with you. For we mainlanders, the most pathetic thing is, the pig doing their best to defend the rim which kill them gradually.
ianson
Down with the Chinese Communist Party.

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