Since the 18th National Congress, a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) conclave held in 2012, Xi Jinping and his regime have pushed for tightening the Party’s control over society—to maintain the Party’s rule over all levels of government and its people.
Document No. 9"Ideological work is an extremely important part of work for the Party," Xi said, while addressing a national propaganda work conference on Aug. 20, 2013. “Ideological work” is a term used to describe the process of creating and implementing policies to ensure that authorities follow the CCP’s instructions in toeing the Party line.
In May 2013, a notice on the "Communiqué on the Current State of the Ideological Sphere" was circulated online. Also known as Document No. 9, the statement was issued by the General Office of the Central Committee of the CCP.
However, it was quickly deleted from the internet by the CCP’s Cyberspace Administration.
Carrying Out Ideological WorkOn Oct. 3, 2015, the General Office issued a document titled “Implementation Measures for the Ideological Work Responsibility System of the Party Committee (Party Group),” that laid out the responsibilities of a Party committee or group in implementing the regime’s ideology.
Authorities Should Be Wary of 'False Ideas'In mid-April 2017, the General Office released a similar document on implementing ideology to local Party committees or groups to consolidate the CCP's grip over every aspect of society. Evidence shows that the internal document was distributed broadly—from the Central Committee all the way down to Henan Province, and then to Luoyang city—according to a leaked document obtained by The Epoch Times.
The internal document, issued by the Luoyang government in 2017, described the CCP’s top concerns over ideological control. It emphasized that local authorities should be wary of "false ideas" of democracy, civil society, and universal values that could spread among ordinary people and officials.
Similar documents from the far-western region of Xinjiang were also obtained by The Epoch Times.
For example, Tarim University in the city of Alar in Xinjiang has carried out ideology work and forbids religious activities, religious ideas, and traditional clothing on its campus. To resist the influence of religious "infiltration," a special Party leadership group was formed to oversee relevant ideological work.