In attempts to tighten ideological control over Chinese citizens studying abroad, the Chinese Communist Party established “Party branches” at universities in the U.S., including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Party cells are an expansion of President Xi Jinping’s strategy to extend Party control globally and insulate students from negative opinions about China’s Communist Party. Beijing sometimes asks members to report on the behaviors and beliefs of their Chinese classmates. We’ll talk with Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, who broke the story for Foreign Policy magazine.
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