In case you thought China had softened on its enforcement of rigid Communist Party doctrine, think again. The watchers at home send minders to police students abroad.
That's the chilling revelation of an article in Foreign Policy, which says that students at multiple universities are being watched by Communist Party cells under the control of the power centers in Beijing.
Some of the schools mentioned: "UC San Diego, UC Davis, Northern Illinois University, University of North Dakota, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Bridgeport, University of West Florida". Notice how close to home some of those schools are?
The tactic shows just how obscene a totalitarian government really is. And I certainly hope that people don't take away the wrong lesson: The students are the victims. The thing for us to do is not to punish them or try to kick them out. What we should do is continue to welcome them and seek to protect them as best we can from an awful government trying to extend its reach.