China to add ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ to national school curriculum

SHANGHAI — China will incorporate “Xi Jinping Thought” into its national curriculum to help “establishMarxist belief” in the country’s youth, the education ministry said in new guidelines published on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Education said Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s “thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era” would be taught from primary school level all the way to university.

Students in China have long had to learn the thoughts of the country’s ruling Communist Party leaders, starting with Mao Zedong.

The move is aimed at strengthening “resolve to listen to and follow the Party” and new teaching materials must “cultivate patriotic feelings”, the guidelines said.

The country is now deep in global competition and students need to learn to “put national interest above all else,” the ministry said.

Since coming to power in 2012, the Chinese President has sought to strengthen the Communist Party’s role in all areas of society, including its businesses, schools and cultural institutions.

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“Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism With Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” was formally enshrined in the country’s constitution in 2018. Xi’s personal power has also been strengthened by the abolition of presidential term limits.

In a speech to mark the centenary of the Communist Party celebrated in July, Xi vowed to “enhance” the Party’s leadership, uphold his own “core” leadership and strengthen the unity of the Chinese people.

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