Thursday, June 22, 2017

China Criticizes 14 Universities for Supposed Weakness in Ideology

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (“CCDI”) of the People’s Republic of China is the highest internal-control institution of the Communist Party of China (CPC). It enforces internal rules and regulations and combats corruption in the Communist Party. Because most Chinese government officials are also Communist Party members, the CCDI is effectively the top anti-corruption body in China. The CCDI was established in 1978.

Although it usually focuses on anti-corruption, the CCDI has recently accused 14 of China’s top-ranked universities of having weak ideological and political commitments, according to a report in the Financial Times. The universities were instructed to “take responsibility” for their ideological and political shortcomings. See Emily Feng, Political Control: Beijing Probes Universities that Fail to Toe Communist Line, Financial Times, June 20, 2017, at 2.

The 14 Chinese universities targeted include ones that have academic programs and research partnerships with prominent educational institutions in the West. Id. The Chinese universities include Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Wuhan University (which has a joint venture agreement with Duke University).

The Financial Times notes that the CCDI’s ideological report continues a trend that started in 2012, to tighten political control over all aspects of civil society including education. Emily Feng, Political Control: Beijing Probes Universities that Fail to Toe Communist Line, Financial Times, June 20, 2017, at 2. The report now comes in advance of the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress scheduled for this Fall. Id. The CCDI had sent its inspectors to 29 universities in China earlier this year to find “political bias” and to uphold the Communist Party’s leadership. Id. 


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This list unfortunately started its Mandarin-language list of Universities one cell before the English language list, so the names do not match left to right.

Posted by: Anon | Jun 23, 2017 1:58:02 AM

Thank you for letting us know about the error. We have removed our version of the list and left a link to another website where the list is hopefully accurate.

Posted by: mew | Jun 23, 2017 5:01:04 AM

Your link to the 14 Chinese universities that were criticized does not open. I've tried to open it many times and with different web browsers, but no luck.

Posted by: Paul | Feb 19, 2019 10:41:14 PM

We understand that the link is now dead. It was published two years ago and unfortunately is no longer available.

Posted by: mew | Mar 18, 2019 3:18:16 PM

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