Following earlier signs that China’s anti-corruption purge had been extended to the academy, a top Party official has made some serious threats against teachers who might promote Western ideas in an article published in several of China’s most-read outlets. The excellent China blogger at Fei Chang Dao points out the key causes for alarm (the bolded portions of the translated excerpt below):
[…] in order to get a handle over university ideology work, we must dare to remove obstacles, and make a determined effort to remove those teachers who would disseminate speech that attacks the Party or Socialism. […]
Therefore, relevant government agencies must severely investigate and prosecute these people and forces, and grab a few model examples of being on the wrong side and give them particularly harsh punishment.
The official then delves into a familiar expression of paranoia about the West:
In recent years the West has used non-governmental organizations and foundations as camouflage, and has carried out infiltration with the assistance of the Internet and other channels, in an effort to increase their infiltration of China’s ideology and the strength of peaceful evolution. […]Not only must we be on guard against this, but we must also resolutely attack all forms of infiltration into China’s ideology and peaceful evolution, and under no circumstances allow them to prevail. We must also strike hard at those domestic agents and spokespersons for hostile foreign powers, show no mercy, and punish every single one we uncover.
All of China has seen what is happening to top party officials who step out of line, and educators will take be taking note of this dire threat. Maoism did not leave much room for dissent, and neither it seems will Xi, as he follows in Mao’s footsteps.