Chen Baosheng (陈宝生), Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), has called on colleges and universities to become a “powerful front in support of the Party’s leadership” and has urged professors and students to “listen to the Party.”

On February 22 the “China Discipline Inspection and Supervision Daily,” a newspaper controlled by the PRC National Supervisory Commission and the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China (CCP), published an article by Chen Baosheng, in which he described universities as a “front” that must support the CCP leadership.

Mao Zedong statue in front of Dalian University of Technology (photo by Michael Saechang via Mikimedia Commons)

“Our colleges and universities are under the leadership of the Party,” Chen wrote, “they adhere to socialism with Chinese characteristics, they carry out the great duty and mission to educate the people for the Party and for the country … [They] must follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, thoroughly implement the overall demands for Party building in the new era, strengthen the comprehensive leadership of the Party over colleges and universities, and make sure that they become a powerful front in support of the Party’s leadership.”

Chen wrote that “Party mechanisms in private colleges and universities as well as in China’s international cooperation [projects] must be reinforced.” He stressed that colleges and universities need to “innovate and develop ideological and political work,” and that teachers and students need to “listen to the Party and follow the Party.”

Since taking office in 2012, Chinese leader Xi Jinping has emphasized the importance of “Marxism as the guiding ideology” of the regime, and launched crackdowns on free speech and academic freedom.

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