Xi warns against spreading Western values

By Cao Siqi Source:Global Times Published: 2016-5-3 0:28:02

Party schools should strictly follow CPC leadership in ideology

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned Party school teachers against spreading Western capitalist values and making groundless comments about national policies, emphasizing Party leadership in Party schools.

According to an article published Sunday in Qiushi, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) magazine, Xi said in a speech aiming to consolidate the Party's leadership over ideology in Party schools on December 11 last year that there were reports that some people disseminated Western capitalist values during lectures at Party schools.

Some were outspoken while some made groundless comments about the Party and the government's policies. Some even participated in "nondescript" social activities in the name of the Party school, Xi was quoted by the magazine as saying.

Although a few people did it, it has created a negative impact and this should not happen at Party schools, Xi warned.

Ye Qing, a deputy director of the statistics bureau of Central China's Hubei Province, who has attended several lectures, admitted that some opinions expressed during the lectures "crossed the line."

"Before Xi took office, some Party school teachers were pessimistic about society and they tended to exaggerate social problems. Some tried to make themselves conspicuous by advocating the Western democratic system," Ye told the Global Times.

Xi also said that personal opinions and criticism could be discussed inside, but that they should be careful when moving to the lectern and society. Voices against the Party's theories and policies are banned from speaking in Party schools both privately and openly.

Zhang Xixian, a professor at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, told the Global Times that Xi's speech reflects the central committee's determination to strictly rule the Party, and Party schools should be the frontline of the campaign.

"Party schools serve as both government think tanks and institutions to cultivate officials. Distinct from university research and studies, Party schools engage in academics to help run the country, which is why it is crucial to emphasize Party leadership," Zhang said.

Some Party school teachers, who worship Western political systems, believing that only Western systems can help with the nation's construction, could be suspended from teaching for one to two years, added Zhang.

In February, Cai Xia, a professor at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, was criticized by news site gmw.cn for losing her "Party spirit" after she supported former property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang, who is known for his aggressive remarks online.

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