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So what’s in a Chinese textbook, anyway?

So what’s in a Chinese textbook anyway?

The popular high school textbook series “Political Thoughts” gives some indication.

With chapter titles like “The Destruction of the Bourgeois and the Victory of the Proletariat Are Inevitable,” the books make the case that citizens in a harmonious society “need an authoritative government that understands public opinion, reflects the will of the people, distills the knowledge of the people, and treasures the strength of the people.”

Parents in more freewheeling Hong Kong probably wouldn’t be too happy either with passages like this one on the flaws of capitalism:

“In the modern age, establishing capitalist systems has advanced the development of Europe and the United States. But striving for capitalism for China will bring it only grief and the destruction of dreams. China is a civilized, ancient nation with more than 5,000 years of history, which has made a great contribution to the advancement of the politics and civilization of humanity.”

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