China’s Communist Party Calls for “Patriotic Education”


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Members of a Chinese military honor guard march during a welcome ceremony for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace at the Ministry of Defense in Beijing, China, March 22, 2007. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen. (Released)

China’s Communist Party has a notorious history of pressuring its citizens into loyalty and allegiance.  This past Tuesday, the Party has once again displayed its control over the people’s attitude toward China and its government.

Xinhua, the state-run news agency, released news of a directive issued by the CCP organization of the Ministry of of Education that calls for “Patriotic Education”.  

Already exposed to classes and textbooks that constantly send messages of indisputable nationalist devotion to the Party, this new directive takes steps even further.

The CCP calls for this “Patriotic Education” to be deeply infused into every aspect of students’ education: textbooks, classroom assessments, museum visits and the Internet.  Furthermore, Chinese students studying at universities abroad must also be subject to “patriotic education”.

President Xi Jinping has taken a stronger stance than his predecessors on this matter by extending the directive to include Chinese students abroad.

Those students are made a focus of instruction in President Xi’s “China Dream” of national revival.

According to the document, this includes: “Assemble the broad numbers of students abroad as a positive patriotic energy…Build a multidimensional contact network linking home and abroad — the motherland, embassies and consulates, overseas student groups, and the broad number of students abroad — so that they fully feel that the motherland cares.”.

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