According to Mainland media reports, the General Office of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee recently issued a circular called “About the Current Ideological Situation.” The circular pointed out seven areas in which problems exist in the field of ideology. It requested that local governments have meetings about applying the contents of the circular in practice. Reports seem to confirm the truth of existing “rumors” that “Talk about Seven Topics Is Forbidden” in universities and colleges. Teachers cannot discuss the following seven topics with students: universal values, freedom of the press, civil society, citizen’s rights, the Chinese Communist Party’s historical errors, the Bourgeois elite, and judicial independence.
Source: Mingpao, May 14, 2013