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Analysis: Xi Jinping's culture war comes to China's campuses as Communist Party prepares to mark 100 years

April 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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(210419) -- BEIJING, April 19, 2021 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, learns about the university's reform, human resources development, innovation in education and scientific research, as well as the university's role in serving national development at Tsinghua University in Beijing, capital of China, April 19, 2021. Xi Jinping on Monday visited Tsinghua University ahead of its 110th anniversary. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen) (Photo by Xinhua/Sipa USA)

When it comes to making history, Beijing's universities have played an outsized role: they were the source of the demonstrations which kicked off the May Fourth Movement, to which the Chinese Communist Party traces its roots, and the Tiananmen Square protests, perhaps the biggest challenge to the CCP since it took power.

Hong Kong (CNN)When it comes to making history, Beijing's universities have played an outsized role: they were the source of the demonstrations which kicked off the May Fourth Movement, to which the Chinese Communist Party traces its roots, and the Tiananmen Square protests, perhaps the biggest challenge to the CCP since it took power.

And in a front page piece last week, the People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, laid out a comprehensive propaganda campaign for the rest of the year leading up to the centennial, under the theme "Forever Following the Party. "

Nor will the campaign be limited to the educational or political spheres: according to new guidance released this month by China's National Radio and Television Administration -- the country's top cultural censor -- "radio and television organizations at all levels should strengthen the Party's overall leadership. "

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