China says no room for ‘western values’ in university education

Photo accompanies September 2014 article entitled, “China blocks Instagram to stop spread of pro-democracy protest images”

China’s education minister has vowed to ban university textbooks which promote “western values”, state media said, in the latest sign of ideological tightening under President Xi Jinping.

“Never let textbooks promoting western values appear in our classes,” minister Yuan Guiren said, according to a report late Thursday by China’s official Xinhua news agency.

“Remarks that slander the leadership of the Communist Party of China” and “smear socialism” must never appear in college classrooms, he added according to Xinhua.

China’s universities are run by the ruling Communist party, which tightly controls discussions of history and other topics it construes as a potential threat to its grip on power.

The party often brands concepts such as multiparty elections and the separation of powers as “Western”, despite their global appeal and application…

I do not even know what “Western values” are. At one time, perhaps, one could have define them, but now? It is anything goes.

  • Going to university in China is becoming more and more like going to university in Canada everyday. We should exchange leaders: Wynne for Li Keqiang.

    • Who could no the difference?

      OK he is better looking… and more feminine.

  • ntt1

    If the Chinese believe that Western values have no place at Universities then that makes them bed mates with most liberal arts faculties in Canada, It might explain turdo la doos infatuation with the Chi-coms as well.

  • Alain

    Taking into account what is now considered and being promoted as Western values, I can understand.

  • BillyHW

    So now they’ll be just like our universities then?

    • ellake

      It is just americans (and Canadians) who think their universities are becoming like universities in China.
      But they are not.

      • Clausewitz

        Your right, a student in a Chinese University has more rights. After lecturing at a Canadian University for the past three years I’ve come to the conclusion that when it comes to the freedom of speech and actions, our Universities must have declared Marshal Law about ten years ago.

  • “Remarks that slander the leadership of the Communist Party of China” and “smear socialism” must never appear in college classrooms.

    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize” – Voltaire.

    So the “commies on the top” in China don’t want the peons to have anything to say about the “commies on the top”. What a typical bunch of pompous arrogant commie asses.

    • Clausewitz

      Explains Obama also.

  • john700

    No Western values in Chinese universities ?! That means no brainwashing with LGBTranny issues, women’s issues, african studies, social justice, income inequality, etc. ? Lucky bastards!

    • ellake

      uh, yes.
      On the other hand they also will learn about income inequality (in the West), social justice (in China), about great Mao Tze Tung. They will be brainwashed much more then westerners are.
      I would not call them lucky.
      Because such societies often go later to war.
      Therefore I also will not call us lucky.
      Because we will have to fight them.

  • David Murrell

    One little-told story in the media is the large amount of cheating by Chinese students overseas (I know this, I am a university professor). So one Western value no doubt expunged under this new edict might be honesty.

    Take for example the rampant fraud in Chinese finance. We all know of the Sino Forest scandal, where the budding young Chinese CEO managed to convince investors that Sino Forest was worth billions of dollars (all of which was concocted from fraudulent statements). I managed to sell my Sino Forest stock before the scandal hit. But a week ago I googled the names of two other far Eastern companies, of which I had owned stock (again I sold them without any loss years ago). They were called Southgobi and Hengfeng. And yes, there were, or are, allegations against both. Both I think have been delisted fro the TSX exchange.

    So the Chinese government is correct. They truly do oppose western values.

    • I’ve heard that Chinese students are given to trying to bribe profs.

      • David Murrell

        Yeah, I have supervised a few MA theses by Chinese students, and after a successful defence, every single on has given me a small item of thanks. My colleagues say that this is a social custom. I am not much in the way of keeping small, cute items, so these things end up taking unnecessary room in some obscure part of my office shelves.