China: Making the Marxist Grade

Making the Marxist Grade

As Beijing's 67 universities opened for a new term last week, the mood on campus was strictly back to basics -- Communist basics. Two months after the bloody suppression of the student prodemocracy movement, the authorities are putting new emphasis on "political re-education." At Beijing Teachers College and other former hotbeds of student protest, incoming freshmen reported a month early for a required refresher course on Deng Xiaoping's speeches.

Hardest hit was Peking University, where the entire class of 811 students has been ordered to spend its first year not on the spacious city campus but at a spartan military academy...

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