Marxist Minds: At Party School, China grooms future leaders

Jun 27, 2019 by

In a secretive school in China’s capital rows of students face a giant video projection of Xi Jinping, making careful notes on the lecture on their leader’s guiding principles.

Sitting in red-covered chairs in a school dotted with statues of late Chinese leaders, the mostly male students are being groomed to become elite members of the Communist Party.

In particular, the students are learning the intricacies of “Xi Jinping Thought”.

President Xi is himself a former head of the Central Party School, but now his guiding philosophy is part of the curriculum for the cadres studying their way up the political ladder.

The usually highly secretive school in Beijing gave a rare tour to foreign media during a tightly controlled visit this week.

Statues of late Chairman Mao Zedong — also a former dean — and late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping dot the leafy campus.

The students are already stationed in the apparatus of the regime, such as the spokeswoman of the foreign ministry who was spotted during the visit. None were allowed to speak to the press.

“Through the theoretical education and the culture of the Party spirit, we strengthen the solidarity within the Party, we are here to serve the Party and the country’s governance,” said the vice-head of academic affairs of the Party School, Wang Gang.

In one classroom, rapt pupils listened to a giant video projection of Xi proclaiming that “the clear waters and the green mountains are as precious as the mountains of gold and silver”.

The class was called “Xi Jinping Thought and Ecological Civilization”.

In office since 2012, the Chinese leader has consolidated power as the rubber-stamp parliament enshrined “Xi Thought” in the constitution and removed term limits last year.

Established in 1933, approximately 1,600 students attend the school each semester, averaging about 40 years of age.

On the training programme are courses on Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, and the theory of Deng — the architect of the late 1970s reforms that started China’s rapid economic take-off.

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