China must keep educational materials that promote “western values” out of its classrooms, Minister of Education Yuan Guiren said.
“[We must] strengthen effective management of western original classroom materials, and we must not allow materials into our classrooms that spread western values,” the state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Yuan as saying, Reuters reported Friday.
“Never allow attacks upon or defamation of party leaders, or remarks that discredit socialism in university classrooms,” he said at a meeting late Thursday attended by officials from some of China’s top universities.
The Communist Party has long condemned western values, including concepts like multi-party democracy and universal human rights.
Its tone has become more shrill under President Xi Jinping, who has tightened control over the media, political dissidents and the internet.
In late December, Xi called for greater “ideological guidance” in universities and urged the study of Marxism.
The influential party journal Qiushi recently accused prominent academics of discrediting the country by spreading western values.
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