(18 Apr 2021) Chinese authorities have ordered primary and secondary schools to rid their libraries of books that may lead to veneration of the West at the expense of promoting patriotism.
The move by the Ministry of Education took effect around April 1. Elementary, middle and high schools are expected to focus on so-called Xi Jinping thought — the president’s ideology, officially called “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.”
One middle school in Beijing has recently filled its bookshelves with the likes of “The Chinese Dream of the Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation” — a collection of Xi speeches and documents.
The order will impact the nation’s 240 million primary and secondary school students, including kindergartners. It also applies to books recommended by the schools.
Nikkei Asia has the news in full.