Friday, September 01, 2006

What's New In China

New Reshuffle among Provincial Officials
The Chinese Communist Party is planning to change still more provincial party officials, Hong Kong based Ta Kong Pao reported. Shanxi, Henan and Fujian will soon welcome new heads to their party disciplinary commissions, not long after other provinces, including Chongqing, Hubei and Shaanxi saw the same changes. In Chinese political system, the disciplinary commission plays a key role in supervising party officials, who most of time are also government officials. The latest personnel changes are mostly aimed at strengthening such supervisions, analysts say.

Shanghai’s New History Textbook Draw Criticism
A new standard world history text for Shanghai high school students drops wars, dynasties and Communist revolutions, and instead tries to depict a more harmonious Chinese history and highlights economics, technology, social customs and globalization, an article appeared in today’s New York Times reported. In the new textbook, Chairman Mao Zedong is mentioned only once — in a chapter on etiquette. Authors of the new text said the alterations were not in line with politics but to “make the study of history more mainstream and prepare our students for a new era,” the New York Times reported.

This article was posted on a popular Chinese online forum and draw a dozen of responses, mostly denouncing the changes. One commentator called such changes “tragedy,” and another, “outrageous.”

This new text is currently only used in Shanghai high schools.

----by Josie Liu

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