Chinese Communist Party, Government, Issue Joint Opinion Calling for Strengthening of "Political Thought Education" of University Students (story in Chinese)

August 29, 2005

Xinhua reports that the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council have jointly issued a notice titled "Opinion Regarding Further Strengthening and Improving the Ideological and Political Education of College Students" (also referred to as "Document Number 16"). Some excerpts from the Xinhua report on the Opinion:

  • Strengthening and improving the political thought education of university students is an exceedingly pressing and important duty.
  • [University students] love the Party passionately, love China passionately, love socialism passionately, steadfastly support the Party line guiding policies, have a high-level recognition of the importance of Deng Xiaoping theory and the "Three Represents," have abundant trust of Comrade Hu Jintao as general secretary of the Party Central Committee . . . .
  • The primary obligations of strengthening and improving the political thought education of university students are: first, to use idealistic faith education as the core to thoroughly carry out the establishment of education in the correct world view, life view, and values. . . . Second, to stress patriotism in order to thoroughly implement the development and cultivation of nationalistic spirit education. It is necessary to combine nationalistic spirit education with a core education in the spirit of reform and invention in order to . . . foster patriotic feelings.