Xi’s ide­ol­ogy to be taught

The Citizen (KZN) - - WORLD - Beijing

– Xi Jin­ping’s thoughts will now be taught, re­searched and pro­moted in uni­ver­si­ties across China, en­sur­ing the leader’s epony­mous phi­los­o­phy is im­planted into stu­dents’ hearts and minds.

At least 20 uni­ver­si­ties have es­tab­lished re­search in­sti­tutes for Xi’s ide­ol­ogy, which was en­shrined in the Com­mu­nist Party’s con­sti­tu­tion dur­ing its 19th na­tional congress this month.

The dis­tinc­tion places Xi on a par with Mao Ze­dong and Deng Xiaop­ing. It means that his dogma – “Xi Jin­ping Thought on So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics for a New Era” – will be­come a mantra for a new gen­er­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the re­search in­sti­tutes will not “hide in the ivory tower” but ad­vo­cate the in­cor­po­ra­tion of Xi thought in all as­pects of daily life.

“We will gather ex­perts and pro­fes­sors to dis­sem­i­nate and preach Xi Jin­ping Thought on So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics for a New Era in busi­nesses, neigh­bour­hoods and vil­lages,” said Jiang Hongxin, head of Hu­nan Nor­mal Univer­sity’s newly-founded Xi Thought re­search cen­tre.

Jiang’s at­ti­tude mir­rors that of many in­sti­tute di­rec­tors who, in in­ter­views with me­dia over the week­end, es­poused a deep de­vo­tion to spread­ing Xi-isms. – AFP

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