Amid mounting unrest in Hong Kong, the ruling Chinese Communist Party has unveiled plans for a new program of “patriotic education” in a bid to achieve ideological “unity,” including in the former colonial territories of Hong Kong and Macau.
In a Nov. 12 document, the party’s Central Committee outlined guidelines to boost patriotism through schools, universities, the party’s United Front Work Department, and among “people from all walks of life,” including the populations of Hong Kong and Macau.
The document calls for a program of ideological indoctrination that begins in the cradle and specifically focuses on young people.
“We must make full use of classroom teaching, and cultivate students’ patriotic feelings so as to train the next generation to build and inherit socialism,” it said.
The document was published