BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s military will toughen ideological background checks on its troops and strictly control their Internet and mobile phone use in an effort to combat spying by “hostile forces”, media said.
China and the United States frequently trade accusations of hacking and Internet spying, increasing tension between the two countries, and Communist Party rulers in Beijing have tightened controls on ideology and speech, saying hostile forces from the West pose a threat to Chinese culture.
The guideline issued by China’s powerful Central Military Commission and carried by the official People’s Liberation Army Daily said military personnel were forbidden from blogging and using online chat programmes.
“Some Western countries have intensified plotting against our country with ‘colour revolutions’, an online ‘cultural Cold War’ … trying in vain to uproot the spirit of our military officers and soldiers,” a commentary in the PLA Daily said.
China’s education minister said last week the country must remove “Western values” from its classrooms. In December, President Xi Jinping called for greater ideological guidance in universities and urged the study of Marxism.