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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

China's Students "confident in political prospects"



What a difference 15 years makes?


Not without some coincidence, given the time of the year, the Peoples Daily, one of the several official Chinese news organs, carries a report on the findings of a survey conducted among 3,000 students randomly selected from universities in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.

Unlike perhaps 15 years ago the current crop of students reportedly are

"confident in China's political prospects and satisfied with the country's goal of building a well-off society in an all-round way."

The survey supposedly showed that "80.19 percent of the respondents said they agreed that the socialism was an inevitable option for the development of China."

It is also claimed that the

"Young people believed they lived in an era that allowed everybody to speaking their minds frankly. "(sic)

There are concerns apparently about corruption and some other matters but all in all it would appear, according to the survey at least, that Chinese students are a studious bunch and politically happy unlike their counterparts a mere decade and a half ago.

I probably am sounding a bit cynical mainly as a result of the timing of the release of this very "positive" result but I have no doubts that it is pretty much reflective of the feelings of a majority of at least the Han students.

The future must undoubtedly look rosy to them.


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Some other related articles appear on the People's Daily as well.
College students confident in political prospects