Chinese students taught to snitch on politically
The war being waged by Chinese international students against
politically incorrect lecturers in Australia hasnt emerged out of
the blue. It has flowed out from Chinas increasingly regimented
It has come from a cohesive approach pursued over the past five
years by the Chinese Communist Party authorities which have
severely audited universities to ensure their ideological
orthodoxy, with a strong stress on Marxism and Xi Jinping
The President has warned academics: You cant eat from the rice
bowl we provide, then break it.
This message has got through loud and clear, including to
ambitious and right thinking students.
In the West and within China, students are informing authorities
about professors and lecturers, especially in the social sciences
and in cultural studies, who express improper opinions in
Jiajia Li, a filmmaker based in Guangzhou, wrote in The
South China Morning Post that this year in China scores of
professors have been sacked as a result of their online views.
Rana Mitter, director of the China Centre at Oxford University,
said research in political science and sociology in China has
become much harder since 2012.
The space for free writing and thinking seems to be
disappearing, he said.
He added: I suspect I speak for most academics when I say that
China really ought to be at the cutting edge of scholarship on its
own politics can you imagine people arguing that the best
scholarship on American politics came out of France or Germany?
A lecturer in Beijing told The Australian that
surveillance was constant in China: We are all anxious. We dont
dare to speak the full truth to students in class.
You can never tell which of them will inform on you to the
The authorities recently forced Beijing Normal University to
sack associate professor Shi Jiepeng, 45, for expressing
politically incorrect views in online blogs that were published
under a pseudonym.
The university cited Professor Shis defaming patriotic
education, advocating colonial slavery, supporting the splitting of
the country, criticising China as a dictatorship while claiming the
West is free and democratic, defaming the Chinese army by claiming
it is imperial and militarist, and slandering Chinese heroes
including chairman Mao Zedong.
Professor Shi, whose books include The Merciless World,
had written: If you want to learn about the world, you can study
geography. If you want to learn about a country, study its history.
Patriotic education is nonsense, bec...