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China purges school libraries of 'Western veneration'

Communist Party doubles down on patriotic education as 100th anniversary nears

A new rule ordering the removal of certain books will affect Chinese students from high schools on down.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- 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."

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