China’s authorities have targeted one economic sector after another with tough regulations in recent months (China.Table reported). But this is only taking place on the surface. The party is also expanding its influence over personal life – the way people live, how they behave, how they spend their free time. This is by no means new. In the first communist era under Mao Zedong, the leadership also wanted to re-educate its citizens and turn them into different people. Since Deng Xiaoping’s reforms, this has since come to an end, and private life has become a private matter once more. Under Xi Jinping, re-education and thought control are back on the political agenda.
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