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China's Purge Surge
Xi’s Purge Sets Sights on Universities

Xi Jinping’s long-running purge has a new target in its sights: administrators at Chinese universities. The Financial Times:

“Ideological and political work is relatively weak, and the implementation of ideological systems is not strong enough,” said a report by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), criticising the party committees at each university and urging them to “take responsibility” for their shortcomings.

The assessment comes after teams of CCDI inspectors were dispatched to 29 universities earlier this year with the remit of “upholding the party’s leadership and party-building” and to root out “political bias”.

Part of the story here has to do with ideology. Xi publicly stressed in December that universities ought to be transformed into “strongholds of the party’s leadership”, and that Marxist orthodoxy ought to be strictly enforced. His statement, however, was widely taken as merely a reiteration of longstanding Party policy. Professors deemed to be spreading “Western values” have in several cases been silenced or removed in the past few years.

The fact that the CCDI, an anti-corruption body, is involved is a notable development, and suggests that this is less about ideas and more about loyalty—rooting out “political bias” in China’s universities has traditionally been the role of the Education Ministry. More than likely, then, this a power play by CCDI’s fearsome director Wang Qishan, Xi’s chief hatchet man, ahead of this autumn’s 19th Party Congress, where, the FT notes, we might well see Wang become the country’s new Premier. Wang has built up a prodigious list of enemies over the past few years. He can’t afford to not be more aggressive now.

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  • FriendlyGoat

    “Sights are set” for purges in American universities too——-big time, per so many discussions here at TAI.

  • Suzy Dixon

    Xi warns against western education and values, so I guess that’s why he felt comfortable sending his one and only daughter to Harvard. That school is more in line with communist autocracy.

    • KremlinKryptonite

      Nice little jab. Probably not too wide of the mark. But really it’s simpler than that. Women do not play a very substantial role in the regime, of course, so there’s little threat from Mingze having her head filled with ideas of freedom of speech, shooting guns, elections, and so on…. not that she received many of those ideas from Harvard anyway.

  • Beauceron

    Huh.
    Hard to criticize China about this, considering I believe the only way to save American universities from what the Left has wrought is to tear the entire higher ed system down to the studs and rebuild. That would, to me, mean that two thirds of the humanities professors wouldn’t be allowed within 100 yards of a college campus.

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    Professors “silenced or removed”…works for me!….

  • Fat_Man

    XI needs to get Universities to be run like American Universities. American Universities already strictly enforce Marxist orthodoxy and silence or remove Professors who spread “Western values”.

    And leftists like Tom Friedman are always complaining that the US is not as well run as China.

  • Well, it’s a good thing that hundreds of thousands of Chinese students come to the United States for higher education.

  • The ccdi is not simply an “anti-corruption body”. It has ideological discipline among party members as part of its mandate.

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