With the global academic community in a state of upheaval following the massive anti-corruption protests that rocked the country in November, scholars are increasingly turning to their traditional sources of power to find answers.
The first article on this series examines why China’s elite is so powerful.
The Party and its ruling elite have the final say in academics’ academic performance The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the ruling elite in the country’s elite have always been closely intertwined.
With the CCP at the helm, the party controls the vast majority of academic institutions in China, and the CCP is expected to maintain control of the entire country for the foreseeable future.
The CCP is not a purely political entity, but is more often considered to be an “organization of the ruling class.”
As such, its ruling cadre is in charge of the countrys top academic institutions.
These elite academics wield immense power, as evidenced by the fact that the number of PhDs awarded in China in 2018 was just 4% of the total number of degrees awarded in the entire world.
As such, the CCP has always held a lot of sway over the academic environment.
According to Chinese scholar Zhang Zhenzheng, who studies China’s “deep state,” the party is a central actor in academia.
“The CCP has been the driving force behind a lot [of] the economic development in China and in the rest of the world,” Zhang said.
“It has been a huge driver of Chinese research.
This is especially true for Chinese academics, who have been forced to be part of the CCP, to be in the party, to belong to the party.”
Zhang said the party’s influence is evident in the way its academics are able to exert control over the university system.
“They control the way the curriculum is taught, how they can influence their students and the professors they supervise,” he said.
While there is an ongoing debate over the validity of the “great firewall” doctrine that Beijing has used to limit the influence of the Chinese Communist party on academia, Zhang said the CCP’s control over academia is “deeply rooted.”
“They control academics in China because they have a strong political agenda,” Zhang added.
China has a very high concentration of highly educated people.
This is one of the reasons why, for example, China has the highest concentration of PhD graduates in the world.
However, as Zhang pointed out, this is not due to the fact of higher education itself, but because the CCP and the party have been very effective at “reinforcing the [education system’s] ‘purity.'”
A professor in Beijing, who wished to remain anonymous, said that it is not uncommon for a Chinese academic to earn a PhD, even though the number is low.
Some academics have also become extremely wealthy, having amassed enormous wealth from their work, which is not even available to most Chinese.
Zhou Zhi, a professor in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has earned more than $6 billion since 2008.
One of the most well-known academics in the United States, Professor Richard Posner, has amassed more than half a billion dollars since he joined the University of California in 1997.
He is also one of China’s most well known and powerful intellectuals, having been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, and is a frequent speaker at universities around the world, often in an effort to convince students that he is the real peace-maker.
Other prominent academics have become wealthy in recent years, and Zhang said they too have had an influence on academic institutions across the world and on their academic environment in China.
Among the top 10 highest-paid academics in 2017, according to the research group The World Bank, was the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Zhang Zhi.
But even though Zhang has a large following, the professor said he has never received any sort of government funding.
At the same time, the Chinese government has been extremely careful to avoid any kind of conflict with the academic world.
Zhang has repeatedly stressed the importance of academic freedom, saying that he has always supported academic freedom.
Although the country is renowned for its “deep and profound understanding of the natural sciences,” Zhang has been known to lecture against his political views, as he is currently being sued by the CCP for defamation.
And while there have been calls to reinstate the “Great Firewall” in the past, Zhang’s views have not been taken seriously by the government.
For instance, Zhang recently told an audience in the US that China’s Communist Party should not be considered the “national power.”
The current political climate has also played a major role in the rise of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), a top-ranked university in Beijing.
With more than 2,000 students, CIIS is one the most prestigious academic institutions around the country, and its alumni have been the target