University of Hong Kong Students Dispatched to Yan'an in Show of Loyalty

University of Hong Kong Students Dispatched to Yan'an in Show of Loyalty - Recently, a photo of a group of Hong Kong university students wearing "Eighth Route Army" uniforms while visiting the CCP's "Holy Red Shrine" has been circulating on the Internet for some time, attracting much attention from netizens and the media alike. However, just now, the said WeChat articles and pictures on the website of the HKU Beijing Center have all been deleted.

University of Hong Kong Students Dispatched to Yan'an in Show of Loyalty

University of Hong Kong Students Dispatched to Yan'an in Show of Loyalty

Recently, a photo of a group of Hong Kong university students wearing "Eighth Route Army" uniforms while visiting the CCP's "Holy Red Shrine" has been circulating on the Internet for some time, attracting much attention from netizens and the media alike. However, just now, the said WeChat articles and pictures on the website of the HKU Beijing Center have all been deleted. Some commentators pointed out that such an act of expressing loyalty is not only "unsafe" but may even be discarded soon after being used by the CCP, a fate similar to that of China's three Internet giants.

The official WeChat account of the HKU Beijing Center published an article titled "China's Power to Revitalize the Rural Areas via the Qing Lan Project" and said, "From Aug. 10 to Aug. 14, the sixth module of the second class from the Qing Lan Project of the HKU New Leaders Program together with HKU’s rural revitalization practice is successfully concluded in Shaanxi." It praised the "students’" effort put into the course, and also the activities they have undertaken in the "red revolutionary shrine" in Yan'an and Xi'an. From all those activities the students had "planted solid national sentiments," and learned about the "great" poverty alleviation program through the scientific research and industrial achievement under the CCP.

The article stated that the course and related activities lasted for a week, and the students "put on the uniforms of the “Eighth Route Army” from the beginning, studied and shared the theme of "Rural Revitalization of the Holy Red Shrine."

Song Liping, deputy director of the Yan'an Rural Revitalization Bureau, Dr. Nicholas Yeung Shu-yan, an honorary university fellow of the University of Hong Kong, and Chan Ping-hung, deputy director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Center of the University of Hong Kong, talked to the participants about how Yan'an got rid of poverty and became rich, the way it built schools for ethnic minority children in mountainous areas of Guangxi, and achieved "pinpointed poverty alleviation targets."

The article "Qing Lan Project, China's Power for Rural Revitalization" shows Mr. Chan Ping-hung, deputy director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Center of the University of Hong Kong, sharing his experience at the event. (Courtesy HKU Beijing Center)
The article "Qing Lan Project, China's Power for Rural Revitalization" shows Mr. Chan Ping-hung, deputy director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Center of the University of Hong Kong, sharing his experience at the event. (Courtesy HKU Beijing Center)

From the context and photos of the article, we can see students of the "Eighth Route Army" watched the mainland's first red-themed immersive sitcom, "Return to Yan'an." Many students were "touched by the spirit of the Red Army" and "could hardly hide their tears" while watching.

Besides visits to the Luochuan Apple Industrial Park, "Giant Biogene" biotechnology, and other enterprises in this itinerary, "red" trips were also arranged in-between,  such as visiting CCP revolutionary relics in Yan'an and Xi'an, which includes cave dwellings, jujube gardens, and residences of late CCP leaders Mao Zedong, Zhu De, and Zhou Enlai.

The public account of HKU Beijing Center records the scene of "students" watching the first red-themed immersive sitcom "Return to Yan'an" in mainland China. (Courtesy HKU Beijing Center)
The public account of HKU Beijing Center records the scene of "students" watching the first red-themed immersive sitcom "Return to Yan'an" in mainland China. (Courtesy HKU Beijing Center)

However, the activities mentioned above of the "Qing Lan Project" are not displayed on the official website of the HKU Business School in Hong Kong.

The University of Hong Kong ranks first among all tertiary institutions in Hong Kong and ranks 21st in the latest QS World University Rankings, ahead of Columbia University in the United States, and the University of Tokyo in Japan.

After the exposure of "HKU students dressing up as the Eighth Route Army" attracted so much attention from netizens and the media, the official WeChat account of the HKU Beijing Center deleted the said content.

Mr. Hans Yeung Wing-yu, a historian and HKU alumnus, told The Epoch Times on Aug. 18 that the holding of the activities mentioned above by the University of Hong Kong is "a trademark of self-degradation." He also said that after the incident was exposed, and with the prompt deletion of the pictures and articles by HKU Beijing Center, "It shows that the university also realizes that, as a university in Hong Kong, it is inappropriate to engage in such CCP training activities.”

According to mainland media information, this "Qing Lan Project" is a branding activity promoted by the Communist Youth League of China. From companies nurturing young technical talents, to local governments, colleges, and universities, are all on this "Qing Lan Project" bandwagon. The Communist Youth League is the helper group and reserve team of the CCP. Red culture, and red tour, among others, are the main activities of the CCP to educate (indoctrinate) the youths.

In response to our inquiry, HKU said that the Qing Lan Project, which "involved all mainland students," was a short-term training program organized during the epidemic in 2020-2021. It said that the program was discontinued with the end of the epidemic. It emphasized that a local third-party development company arranged the activities on behalf of the Beijing Center's Youth and Qing Lan project team. The pre-amble mentioned it was a "team-building ice-breaking activity for cultural integration." HKU declined to respond further to this report's question about whether it was aware of an Eighth Route Army uniform session, suggesting that the reporter make inquiries directly to HKU's Business School, which has not yet responded to this report's inquiries.

Mr. Tang Jingyuan, a political commentator and media personality, told The Epoch Times on Aug. 24 that the prompt deletion of the news about the incident is a vivid revelation of how a free Hong Kong is being infiltrated by the CCP.

"Students from the number one tertiary institution in Hong Kong wearing the uniforms of the “Eighth Route Army” to integrate into the "party culture." Is this the direction HKU is pursuing to train new young leaders, or is it the CCP's attempt to infiltrate using the HKU brand to brainwash the young elites as part of a united front effort? No matter what, this is a disgrace to HKU. This is also a dangerous signal.” He believes that HKU, a world-renowned university for academic freedom, may in the future emulate mainland universities, where students report lecturers’ “anti-Party” remarks of “favoring foreigners and humiliating China,” and put the academics in a “feel danger” position, and exercise self-censorship.

"This is by no means talent training. This is destroying talents and ruining HKU," Mr. Tang said. He also noted that CCP's China has never cherished talents, and "nurturing talents is just a pretense."

For example, Internet technology giants such as Jack Ma Yun and Ma Huateng were once the elite talents favored by the CCP, and they all have deep and extensive connections. Back then, to make the CCP feel at ease with them, they also went to Yan'an to “dye” themselves "redder," but in the end, it did not work out. If they stayed away from the CCP in the first place, they would not have fallen into the trap of being used by the CCP and being ditched soon after.

On the eve of June 4th, 2018, Tencent Chairperson Ma Huateng and Jd.com CEO Liu Qiangdong went to Yan'an together. Yan’an local information blogger @延安 always posted a blog in recent years on the evening of June 2: Tencent CEO Ma Huateng and JD.com CEO Liu Qiangdong recently visited Yan’an, from there. “The two experienced in person the unique revolutionary culture of Yan’an.”

In the photo, billionaires Mr. Ma and Mr.Liu both wore the Red Army uniforms and octagonal hats, surrounded by casually dressed staff, and a lot of their followers also wore the same Red Army uniforms.

After this was reposted by Sina Finance, Global Market Broadcasting, and other media microblogs, it attracted much attention and discussion among netizens, but most were negative. Most of those comments believe that wearing the Red Army uniform to Yan'an is a show of loyalty and self-protection.

Soon, the blogger @延安 deleted its Weibo blog. The official media never reported what activities Mrs. Ma and Liu participated in during this visit.

Mr. Hu Ping, honorary editor-in-chief of "Beijing Spring," told The Epoch Times at the time: "In the past few years, some wealthy people were seen to be just too flashy. With the current political atmosphere turning leftward, they quickly become more low-key and put on some red clothes for themselves to express that they want to inherit the so-called revolutionary spirit and move closer to the red elites to safeguard their political security.”

Zhong Weiguang, an authoritative scholar who studies totalitarian societies, told The Epoch Times at the time, "As people who have been living in China for a long time, they have become indifferent to the stench of it. The fact that they put on these military uniforms clearly shows that they do not know the values, honor, shame, or dignity of a normal society, that is to say, the current generation or two generations of people whom the CCP culture has bred do not know that putting on such a thing indicates that they have already sold their mind and soul to the dictatorship.

In August 2015, the CCP announced its intention to bring about the mixed ownership reform of state-owned enterprises. To the general public, it means that the CCP is going to engage in a second public-private partnership program, and Xi Jinping has started to hit the business world and wants to "reap the rewards" from private enterprise bosses.

Mr. Ma and Mr. Liu’s pilgrimage to Yan'an to receive "revolutionary education" was just a single incident among many of the high-tech CEOs that were exposed. However, compared with Mr. Jack Ma, Mr. Ma Huateng's reaction can be seen as lagging miles behind.

Mr. Jack Ma acted promptly after the release of the CCP document. On Aug. 27, 2015, he led a contingent of more than 30 Alibaba executives to Yan'an. He also attended a party history class after visiting the former CCP revolutionary site and memorial hall. In December of the same year, Mr. Ma Yun paid another visit to Yan'an to announce the launch of the first Alibaba New Year's Sales Festival. On Jan. 10, 2016, at the "2016 Zheshang Economic Situation Analysis and Judgment Seminar," Mr. Ma, who was also the chairperson of the first Zheshang Association, gave a speech and proposed to learn "the three things after Mao Zedong's arrival in Yan'an." In 2017, footage of Mr. Ma singing a revolutionary "model opera" was posted on the YouTube channel.

JD.com CEO Liu Qiangdong also followed suit. On Nov. 7, 2016, Mr. Liu was a guest of "Change the World - Interviews with Outstanding Chinese Entrepreneurs on Management Thought" and said in an interview with presenter Qin Shuo that "Communism can be realized in our generation." This passage was broadcast on Jan. 20, 2017, and was widely circulated, mostly interpreting it as "Liu Qiangdong believes in communism."

Giant business CEOs such as Mr. Ma Yun, Mr. Ma Huateng, and Mr. Liu had earnestly shown their pro-party hearts, but this did not bring them good luck.

In September and October 2018, Mr. Ma Yun ceased to be the legal person of Alipay (China) and stepped down as a director of Alibaba Group. On Jan. 7, 2023, the shares of Ant Group were restructured and split by the CCP, which reduced the voting rights held by Mr. Ma from 53.46 percent to 6.208 percent, resulting in Mr. Ma no longer the actual controller of Ant Group.

Ten days after Mr. Ma resigned from Alibaba Group, Mr. Ma Huateng of Chinese Internet giant Tencent was also removed from his position as the legal person of Tencent's Zheng Xin.

Mr. Liu Qiangdong is the founder of Jingdong Group. On April 7, 2022, he “resigned” as the CEO of Jingdong.

Mr. Tang said that the CCP’s party culture and education have penetrated every corner of China, depriving all of personal belief and freedom of speech, and all Chinese are victims. "Some people say that the Communist Party is the Satanic red devil that destroys mankind. I do believe it." He believes that the "Three Quits" trend that emerged in China many years ago to stay away from the evil spirit of the CCP is a kind of awakening and self-protection. And it is a simple and effective way to resist the erosion by the CCP red devil.

“The current mass exodus of Hong Kong people is also a kind of self-protection.” Mr. Tang believes that the CCP is already besieged on all sides and is getting increasingly shaky. Ancient sayings have it, “wise man always stays away from a shaky wall,” and all these are exactly what Hong Kong people need to ponder seriously.”