Chinese people ordered to think like Xi as Communist Party aims to tighten control

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香港 Days after entering its second century, the Chinese Communist Party has set out its priority for the new eratightening ideological control over 1.4 billion Chinese people.

今週, the party released a new guideline on ideological and political work, which targets not only its members but also all of society.
Under President Xi Jinping, the party has waged its toughest ideological crackdown in decades. It has repeatedly warned against theinfiltrationof Western ideas, stoked aggressive nationalism, and stifled academic and press freedoms.
    そしていま, despite having silenced nearly all forms of dissent, the party appears to worry that it still doesn’t command enough ideological and political loyaltyand is launching a vast effort to redouble education on both fronts.
      Ideological and political work is the party’s fine tradition, distinct characteristic and prominent political advantageit’s the lifeline of all its work,” the guideline said. “(それ) has a significant bearing on the future fate of the party, the long-term stability of the country, and the cohesion and unity of the nation.
        A central part of the campaign is focused on the promotion ofXi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for the New Era,” the political doctrine of Xi which was written into the party’s constitution in 2017. Before Xi, only Chairman Mao Zedong (“Mao Zedong Thought”) and paramount leader Deng Xiaoping (“Deng Xiaoping Theory”) had their eponymous political philosophies enshrined in the party’s theoretical pantheon.
        以来 2017, Xi’s doctrine has been frequently studied by party cadres at meetings and on a specially designed propaganda mobile app designed to teach the philosophy.
          そしていま, the party wants the wider public to enhance theirsense of political, ideological, theoretical and emotional identificationwith Xi’s ideology, according to the directive.
          Already, a campaign is gathering pace to get Xi’s doctrine furtherinto the textbooks, into the classrooms and into the brains of students,” according to the country’s Ministry of Education.
          In a statement last week, the ministry 前記 primary and high schools across the country would start using textbooks onXi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for the New Era” 9月中. 昨秋, dozens of universitiesincluding top globally-ranked institutions like Peking University and Tsinghua Universitylaunched introductory courses その上に.
          And last month, the party’s Central Committee approved seven new research centers on Xi’s ideology, adding to the 11 already established. These centers have been set up by top universities and think tanks, provincial governments, and central government ministries.
          The most recent one, launched last week by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, is dedicated toXi Jinping Thought on Ecological Civilization.Others were established for the study ofXi Jinping Economic Thought,” “Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy,” そして “Xi Jinping Thought on Rule of Law.
          Wu Qiang, a political analyst in Beijing, said the campaign is part of Xi’s move to further consolidate power and drum up public support before the party’s 20th congress next year. At that meeting, Xi is widely expected to stay for a third term, after he abolished presidential term limits in 2018.
          There are a lot of speculations over whether Xi’s doctrine will be officially shortened to ‘Xi Jinping Thoughtat the 20th congress, and all the ideological and political work is setting the stage for that,” Wu said.
          While the international media has long referred to Xi’s philosophy as simplyXi Jinping Thought,” its official name has remained unchanged. Its official shortening would put Xi’s legacy on an equal rhetorical footing with Mao, who built a cult of personality around himself and ruled China until his death in 1976.
          Ling Li, an expert on Chinese politics and law at the University of Vienna, said unlike in Mao’s China, Chinese people now face a deluge of digital information, despite the party’s best censorship efforts. “したがって、, if the party is determined to emerge from the information battle as the winner, it is vital for it to reconstruct the lens with which people read and interpret information so that people can always reach the ‘correctconclusion even when being exposed to uncensored information,” 彼女は言いました.
          And to do that, the party is looking to tighten ideology in all aspects of society, 政府から, 企業, 学校, rural villages and urban residential communities to the internet, according to the directive.
          Companies, 例えば, are told to combine ideological and political work with daily production, 操作, management and human resources development, so employees canresolve ideological doubts, quell spiritual worries, quench cultural thirst and relieve psychological pressure.
          In residential communities, the party demands ideological and political work todeeply permeate into the work and life of the masses.In the countryside, the party wants to nurturenew era peasants with ideals and moral integritywho are alsowell educated and disciplined.
          Some villages, 例えば, have doubled down on ideological education by broadcasting party propaganda from loudspeakers installed on the roofs of people’s homes. In Xibaipo village in Hebei province which neighbors Beijing, loudspeakers deliver Xi Jinping Thought, party theories and policies to villagers three times a day, によると 記事 published last week by a party-run social media account.
          In Anhui province, these type of propaganda loudspeakers have been placed in 10,000 villages. Listening to the loudspeakers and studying the spirits of the General Secretary’s [President Xi Jinping] important speecheshas become a new trend among peasants and other rural residents,” the article claimed.

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          Washington is about to warn American firms about doing business in Hong Kong

          The United States government is about to warn American companies about the risks of doing business in Hong Kong, but don’t expect Washington to tread much new ground just yet.
          US President Joe Biden on Thursday confirmed a rumor that’s been floating around various media outlets all week: His administration plans to soon issue an advisory to companies cautioning them of adeterioratingsituation in the Chinese territory.
          The situation in Hong Kong is deteriorating, and the Chinese government is not keeping its commitment that it made, how it would deal with Hong Kong,” Biden told reporters at the White House on Thursday, referencing Beijing’s pledge to maintain the city’s semi-autonomous status for 50 years from the date of its 1997 handover from Britain.
          Biden described the announcement asmore of an advisory as to what may happen with Hong Kong,” without divulging more details.
          The business advisoryprobably won’t pack an immediate punch,” according to Brock Silvers, chief investment officer for Hong Kong-based Adamas Asset Management. 彼はそれを付け加えた “few US companies currently operating in Hong Kong will be surprised at its content or otherwise unaware of Hong Kong’s growing risks.
          But Silvers said that it does reflect anincreasingly contentiousrelationship between China and the United States. Relations have been eroding for some time as the two countries clash over everything from Hong Kong and Xinjiang to Big Data and foreign investment.
          American companies have also been heeding caution in Hong Kong for a while, あまりにも.
          先月, the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong called the demise of the city’s pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily A “shot across the bowafter its journalists were arrested and millions of dollars in assets were frozen. Authorities cited violations of a new national security law as their rationale for cracking down on the publication.
          It’s not just the closure of Apple Daily,” AmCham Hong Kong President Tara Joseph told CNN Business at the time. “It’s the new normal, and the change that Hong Kong is going through from its era as a post-British colony to an era where it is, more and more, part and parcel of China.
          Reuters also reported Thursday that Washington is preparing to impose financial sanctions ona number of Chinese officialsover Hong Kong, citing two anonymous sources. CNN Business has reached out to the US State Department for comment.
          But that, あまりにも, is not entirely new territory for Washington. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said late last year that she was forced to stockpile cash because of US sanctions that cut her off from the global banking system.
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          No vaccine, no entry?

          Dozens of county-level governments in at least eight Chinese provinces this week published notices warning citizens they have until late July or early August to receive their vaccinations, after which they will face a variety of restrictions on everyday life.
          Everyone is responsible for the prevention and control of the epidemic, and vaccination starts with me!” read one notice issued by Dingnan county in Jiangxi province, which is home to about 220,000 人. The notice added thatin principalunvaccinated residents would be denied access to schools, public transport and medical facilities, among other amenities and services, starting from July 26.
          Most of the areas imposing the measures are relatively small by Chinese standardsthe largest is Zaozhuang City in Shandong province, which has a population of 4.2 百万人. The first of the measures was announced on July 8 and as of Wednesday new notices were still being posted.
            現在まで, China’s central government has not formally mandated vaccination against Covid-19, but many now worry the restrictions are a forerunner to a nationwide vaccine mandate.
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