The Chinese Communist Party’s silencing of intellectuals, a practice that gathered renewed momentum with Xi Jinping’s elevation as President of China in 2012, continues unabated.
Wu Qiang, a political science lecturer in Tsinghua University who was sacked in 2015, told AFP that cafe meetings of intellectuals, which were common a decade ago, have nearly become extinct.
The critics were silenced, jailed, tortured, dismissed.
Chinese legal scholar, Xu Zhangrun who was teaching at Tsinghua University, was sacked from the university after he criticised the Chinese authorities response to Covid-19.
Chinese most celebrated businessman, Jack Ma, has disappeared for all practical purposes since he criticised the economic governance in the country.
Real estate tycoon Ren Zhiqiang was sentenced to 18 years in prison last year for criticising Chinese authorities.
In the ecosystem which the Chinese authorities have developed, any minor criticism of the CPC is not welcome.
People are trolled badly on social media platforms for criticising any move of CPC.
The Central Party School of the Communist Party of China professor, Cai Xia, fled to the United States after a video of her lecture surfaced in which she had called President Xi Jinping a “mafia boss”.