Education authorities in China are enforcing tighter controls on the use of imported books in Chinese universities in hopes of clamping down on the propagation of Western values in school.
Education Minister Yuan Guiren urged the universities to exert tighter control over the use of imported textbooks at a symposium on Thursday that was attended by the heads of leading Chinese institutes including Peking University and Tsinghua University.
Citing a joint directive from the State Council and the General Office of the Communist Party’s Central Committee, Yuan said Chinese universities must not allow books that promote Western values to be used in classes, the official Xinhua reported.
Speech of any kind that brought shame to party leaders and socialism must be banned in class, Xinhua quoted Yuan as saying. Teachers must also not grumble in class to avoid “passing on negative emotions to their students”, he added.
This follows a number of other censorship guidelines pushed forward in the name of Xi Jinping’s ideology campaign, which has by now resulted in a major crackdown on advertising, internet, media and to an extent, cleavage.