The Chinese Communist Party’s ideological purge of colleges and universities is blowing frequently, and the authorities’ latest round of inspection work will be directed at colleges and universities, and the list of 32 colleges and educational institutions has been announced recently.
On April 28, CCTV reported that the seventh round of inspection by the 19th CPC Central Committee will inspect the Ministry of Education, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Renmin University of China, Beijing Normal University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Xi’an Jiaotong University, University of Science and Technology of China, China Agricultural University, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Northwestern Polytechnic University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, Sichuan University, Nankai University, Tianjin University, Wuhan University. Nanjing University, Sichuan University, Nankai University, Tianjin University, Wuhan University, Sun Yat-sen University, Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University of Science and Technology, Jilin University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Shandong University, Southeast University, Xiamen University, Tongji University, Central South University, Dalian University of Technology, Chongqing University, Lanzhou University and other 32 units of party organizations to carry out inspections.
According to the work of the Chinese Communist Party’s inspection team, its primary task is to inspect whether the target violates political discipline and political rules, including violations of the Chinese Communist Party’s line policy words and deeds, “there are orders do not work, there are prohibitions do not stop, Yang Feng Yin Yin, party camping, groups and gangs, gangsters, and the implementation of ideological work responsibility system is not in place and other issues.
The Chinese Communist Party’s inspection further suppressed the already limited freedom of speech and academic freedom in universities on the grounds of political discipline.
On April 19, Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping visited Tsinghua University and demanded to continue cultivating so-called “red and professional talents”.
According to commentator Zheng Zhongyuan, “red and specialized” under the authoritarian ideology means that these young people should become lackeys with professional knowledge but loyal to the authoritarian regime.
Xia Yeliang, a former associate professor at Peking University’s School of Economics who now lives in the United States, told the station that Xi Jinping’s overall views are basically heavily influenced by this Mao Zedong, so Xi is said to be Mao’s filial son and sage grandson.”
On April 22, the CPC issued the “Regulations on the Work of Grass-roots Organizations of the Communist Party of China in General Institutions of Higher Education”, which calls for the establishment of disciplinary committees or disciplinary inspection committees in the party committees of faculties and departments under the guidance of “Xi Thought”. The revised regulations extend the Communist Party’s control network to the grassroots level in colleges and universities.
Radio Free Asia reports that Carl Minzner, a professor of Chinese law and political science at Fordham University in New York, believes that the revised regulations, which specify the proportion of relevant counselors, are intended to steadily increase the number of people in universities who are loyal to the CCP, rather than academically inclined scholars, in the hope of extending the Party’s control network deeper into the grassroots. This is to extend the Party’s control network to the grassroots and to undermine the original “policy from above, response from below” approach.
Ming Kesheng mentioned that in the past, Chinese universities had a certain degree of flexibility to circumvent the central government’s orders and protect their colleagues by “having policies at the top and countermeasures at the bottom”. But in the last decade, the central government has intensified its crackdown, and many professors have been fired or retaliated against, and the willingness of academics to speak publicly has declined.