China: Xi calls for stricter ideological control of universities

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From BBC News:

“China’s President Xi Jinping has called for the country’s universities to become ideological “strongholds” of the Communist Party, the latest move in a crackdown on academic freedom.

The universities must “serve the rule of the Chinese Communist Party” and “promote socialism”, Mr Xi said.

They must also integrate “ideological work” throughout the entire process of education, he said.

Beijing has cracked down on free speech since Mr Xi became leader in 2012.

Chinese authorities have been accused of detaining and jailing human rights activists, lawyers, and journalists.

Although no new legislation has been introduced, the leader’s pronouncements direct policy within the party and other institutions.”

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