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Peking University gets extra dose of Xi ideology with new centers

Communist Party keeps careful eye on former bastion of activism

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, waves during an event marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Peking University, one of China's most prestigious schools, has established "research centers" on President Xi Jinping's eponymous ideology as the ruling Communist Party's leadership clamps down on a potential source of dissent ahead of next fall's twice-a-decade party congress.

The institutes of "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era" have been cropping up around the country, many at top academic institutions. Peking University alone has four, each specializing in a particular field: economy, rule of law, foreign policy and "ecological civilization."

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