China is a Leninist system like the systems of Cuba and North Korea. China’s President Xi has accumulated more power than any Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping.
If the first three decades since the communist revolution formed the Mao Zedong era, and the second chapter was the Deng Xiaoping era, China is now on the brink of declaring this the Xi Jinping era. BBC
Xi is consolidating power with a new political ideology.
While Mao promoted class struggle and Deng Xiaoping embraced pragmatic capitalism, Mr. Xi’s vision of the party’s rule centers on restoring China to greatness — what he calls the “China Dream” — and it draws on both the fervent dedication of Mao’s era and the glories of China’s traditional culture that Mao tried to destroy.
In practice, that has meant a campaign to impose greater discipline in the party’s ranks, and political repression outside the party, including a crackdown on activists and more stringent media censorship, including on the internet. NYTimes
A plan described as the Chinese Communist Party asserting a strong form of communism and Marxism throughout every dimension of Chinese life.
For 3½ hours, China’s President Xi Jinping commanded the stage and the nation’s television screens as he set out a far-reaching agenda for the Communist Party, outlining a vision of total control, not only of the nation’s economy and the Internet but also of culture, religion and morals. WaPo
Religion must also be “Chinese in orientation” and guided by the party to adapt to socialist society, he [Xi] said. WaPo
In 2014 it was reported: China wants to establish a “Chinese Christian theology” suitable for the country. Wang Zuoan, a senior official for religious affairs, says China supports the development of Christianity within the country. but “the construction of Chinese Christian theology should adapt to China’s national condition” and “should be compatible with the country’s path of socialism”
“With the fiery zeal of a preacher, Xie Hong addressed her class of 50 fourth-grade students, all in matching red tracksuits.” The teacher said, ““Today’s life is rich, blessed, happy and joyous.” She then asks the question, ““Where does our happy life come from? Who gave it to us?”
The right answer was given by one of the children right off the script.
“‘It comes from the blood of revolutionary martyrs! From the Red Army!’ said a 9-year-old boy, Li Jiacheng. The class,” we are told, “burst into applause, and Ms. Xie beamed.” NYTimes
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For decades, the Chinese Communist Party has pushed a stiff regimen of ideological education on students, requiring tedious lessons on Marx and Mao and canned lectures on the virtues of patriotism and loyalty. Now, amid fears that the party is losing its grip on young minds, President Xi Jinping is reshaping political education across China’s more than 283,000 primary and secondary schools for a new era.
Textbooks are getting a larger dose of Communist Party lore, including glorified tales about the party’s fights against foreign invaders like Japan. Schools are adding courses on traditional medicine and Confucian thought to highlight China’s achievements as a civilization. The government is scaling back discussion of iconoclastic writers like Lu Xun, amid concerns that exposing students to social criticism may inspire disobedience. NYTimes
Xi’s campaign against corruption has been one of his most popular initiatives with the general public, even if it has also been used to take down factional rivals and may have only pushed graft slightly further underground rather than eliminating it.
Xi told party members to resist vices including “pleasure-seeking, inaction, sloth and problem avoidance.” In general society, he said, the party would launch a campaign to raise moral standards and promote family values and personal integrity.WaPo
At the same time, he [Xi] said, the military would be further modernized and strengthened.
“A military is built to fight,” he said. “Our military must regard combat capability as the criterion to meet in all its work and focus on how to win when it is called on.” WaPo
“Under Xi Jinping, the Chinese Communist Party is headed in the direction of strongman rule,” said David M. Lampton, the director of China studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a longtime analyst of Chinese leaders. NYTimes
The one child policy and the cultural preference for boys has led to a huge demographic imbalance.
The ratio of female to male births is about 120:100. Some scholars predict a shortfall of about 40 million wives. AlbertMohler
There is a surplus of sons and missing daughters in China.
The root causes of war are often obvious, as in wars of conquest, wars for territorial expansion, and wars for the redress of perceived injury. Nevertheless, two young researchers now point to an ominous new potential cause for war–a shortage of women.
In, Bare Branches: Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population [MIT Press], authors Valerie M. Hudson and Andrea M. den Boer argue that the dramatic shortage of women in Asian societies is likely to lead to violence on the part of “surplus males” that could lead to full-scale war. Their argument makes for compelling reading, and should serve as a wake-up call about the dangers of social engineering.
Read full article by Albert Mohler – Asia’s Surplus Sons and Missing Daughters