University President Inspects Students in Convertible Audi

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This is currently the most-discussed article on Chinese web portal NetEase of the day, with nearly 25k comments and 200k participants…

From Netease:

Anhui University President Rides Convertible to Inspect Students, Students Shout “Hello, Leader”

Recently, the Anhui Xinhua University became a hot topic. According to Anhui Xinhua University’s official site, on September 19th, the Anhui Xinhua University’s Class of 2014 [starting year, not graduating year] put on a “grand show”.

As a performance part of the annual military education and training for new students, more than 6000 new students gathered neatly on the track field, lining up in formation to receive the leader’s “inspection”. After the inspecting of the troops ceremony formally began, Anhui Xinhua University President Shi Xiuhe boarded the car used to inspect the troops, and carried out the inspection of the ready-and-waiting new student body.

Shouts of “Hello, students!”; “Hello, leader!”; “Students, you’ve worked hard!”; and “Bring glory to Xinhua!” reverberated throughout the track field.

Information published on the Anhui Xinhua University’s website indicate that activity officially as a “military inspection”, while the car used by President Shi Xiuhe’s to inspect the new students was a black Audi convertible installed with a microphone and labeled as an “inspection” car. Shi Xiuhe stood in the car with his hands on the car’s roof, as the inspection car passed by the formation of students with the uniformed military instructor giving a salute. The event not only included a march but afterwards also had thousands of students dance in unison to “Xiao Ping Guo” [see below].

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After this incident was made public, it immediately caught the attention of netizens, with netizens commenting: “It’s rare to enjoy such a power trip in life, so niu” and “such a desire to be a government official!” Another netizen claimed, “A military inspection is not something just anyone can do. Him wanting to be like a national leader and shout slogans, really high ambitions.” Actually, the military education and training reviews conducted by schools are normally called “group drills”, while “military inspections” normally specifically refer to a ceremony conducted by armed forces for the inspection of soldiers.

In the “Regulations Regarding the People’s Liberation Army Formations”, there are clear definitions and regulations regarding “military parade and inspections”: “Military inspection may only be conducted by [Communist] Party and national leaders; the Central Military Committee chairman, vice-chairman, members, as well as military and administrative officers of the regiment or above rank, or leaders and senior officials authorized by the aforementioned. Normally, there is only one person who conducts the inspection of the troops.”

Military inspection includes both the inspection itself and the military parade, and normally both will be held, but if necessary, only one can be held. Military inspection is when the inspector passes in front of the military formation, conducting the inspection ceremony. The military parade is when the military formation marches in front of the inspection podium, to be inspected by the inspector.

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According to information published by Anhui Xinhua University, the “military inspection” and “military parade” were both held.

However, the Anhui Xinhua University leader [president] is not a Party or national leader, not a senior military official, and the “troops” inspected are not actually real military in the normal sense.

Anhui Xinhua University’s official site made no mention of whether this “military inspection” was approved by the relevant departments, so whether or not it was a military inspection in the strict sense is not clear.

The military inspections the ordinary common people are familiar with are normally those on National Day. From the 1949 founding ceremony of China to the 2009 60th anniversary of the founding of China, there have been a total of 14 national military inspection and parades. Currently, a National Day military parade is only held on every tenth anniversary.

Because military inspections are usually held during major national holidays; for the reception and sending-off of state leaders; and instances of large-scale military campaigns, triumphs, and exercises; they are spectacular displays of military might that capture the attention of the people.

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In recent years, various shanzai military parades/inspection have appeared across China. Some are not directly called a “military parade/inspection” but merely a performance, but the procedures and the formations all emulate military parades, while others are directly called “military parades/inspections”.

In 2007 a post titled “Shangdong Technology University President Wang Chunqiu Holds Large Military Inspection Ceremony” spread across the internet. This president’s use of an inspection car to inspect new students led to many negative reactions from netizens, questioning [the propriety of] a school president inspecting his students.

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According to a report from Southern Metropolitan Daily, the school indicated in an interview that the pictures are real, and the reason for using an inspection car was because there were 6000-7000 new students in the military education and training activity, which made it very large, and “at the same time, the open-top off-road vehicle used by the president and military leaders for inspecting the students was provided by the military, as a way to motivate student morale.

In 2008, a school president “military inspection” on the track and field also appeared at Huanan Agricultural University. In 2010, the Sanjiang University located in Nanjing had a school president ride an inspection car circling a track field for a “military inspection” as well.

For comparison, here is a photo of former PRC President Hu Jintao inspecting Chinese military troops during a 2009 military parade in Beijing:

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Comments on Netease:

城门上挂着畜牲像 [网易山西省太原市网友]:

Even daring to shanzai senior cadres/government officials?

黄易反贪局执行处处长 [网易福建省莆田市网友]:

Just by the name I can tell it is a diploma mill university [for-profit school], where you can get it as long as you pay money…

wangeastplu [网易江苏省南京市网友]:

Power can make people crazy, as well as make people retarded!

网易浙江省舟山市网友:

This 2B school president is too egotistical, and in reality is just an idiot! An Audi convertible sports car, talk about fucking niu. I can’t believe there is such a shabi + retarded school president. Definitely a corrupt bastard! And those soldiers even saluted him! Such retarded soldiers! This 2B school president must be strictly investigated, and whoever promoted this 2B school president must also be thoroughly investigated, to determine who is behind all of this! Who misled this 2B onto the car? It’s very possible that there is someone behind the scenes who is trying to get this 2B school president in trouble!!!

网易贵州省毕节市手机网友:

A retarded school president has produced many retarded students! Seriously too disgusting!

网易贵州省贵阳市手机网友:

2014 September 21st: School President Shi Xiuhe under investigation.

飆燁年華 [网易吉林省长春市手机网友]:

Sigh, when you can’t go to Chang’an Street [in Beijing], you can still fantasize on the school’s track field.

网易山东省青岛市手机网友:

Sitting here waiting for news of his arrest!

网易天津市手机网友:

This is a serious and classic incident of open opposition against the central government.

网易安徽省手机网友:

Foreign school presidents would never do something like this.

网易上海市手机网友:

It seems all military education and training events require this. Back when I was at Shanghai University and undergoing military education and training, we also had military inspections, and it was done with a convertible as well.

网易江西省赣州市手机网友:

I’m here to read the jokes.

网易浙江省湖州市手机网友:

[Our] Education [system] only has leaders and no science [scientific education methods]. Typical slave education.

网易福建省南平市武夷山市手机网友:

The school president is simply retarded. Just looking at this disgusts me.

中国山东找篮翔 [网易上海市手机网友]:

No one is making fun of thousands of students dancing to “Xiao Ping Guo“?

九点半的青春o9sm [网易江苏省盐城市手机网友]:

Tomorrow’s headline: A University President in Anhui Died Falling off a Building

最後一支烟花 [网易福建省福州市手机网友]:

When a leader sets a bad example, it will be followed by his subordinates.

After the so-called “military inspection”, the students danced en masse to the Chinese song “Xiao Ping Guo” and other viral hits:

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  • John Wang

    Sofa!

  • x1sfg

    I’ve seen the same, clueless and over-entitled behavior in most SGM’s, full birds and GO’s/flag officers.

  • wes707

    Good to see fascism alive and well in China. Bring us glory Emperor Xi!

    • mr.wiener

      Facism? A vain glorious twit more like.

      • wes707

        Umm… close enough:

        “Fascism is a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”
        http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascism

        “Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one national or ethnic group, a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach.”
        http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/fascism

        “Fascists sought to unify their nation through a totalitarian state that promoted the mass mobilization of the national community,and were characterized by having a vanguard party that initiated a revolutionary political movement aiming to reorganize the nation along principles according to fascist ideology. Hostile to liberal democracy, socialism, and communism, fascist movements shared certain common features, including the veneration of the state, a devotion to a strong leader, and an emphasis on ultranationalism and militarism. Fascism views political violence, war, and imperialism as a means to achieve national rejuvenation and asserts that stronger nations have the right to expand their territory by displacing weaker nations.”
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism

        “As an economic system, fascism is socialism with a capitalist veneer. The word derives from fasces, the Roman symbol of collectivism and power: a tied bundle of rods with a protruding ax. In its day (the 1920s and 1930s), fascism was seen as the happy medium between boom-and-bust-prone liberal capitalism, with its alleged class conflict, wasteful competition, and profit-oriented egoism, and revolutionary Marxism, with its violent and socially divisive persecution of the bourgeoisie. Fascism substituted the particularity of nationalism and racialism—“blood and soil”—for the internationalism of both classical liberalism and Marxism.”
        http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/Fascism.html

        • Xio Gen

          Communist. The word you’re looking for is communist. Fascism is the opposite of communism. A communist fascist is an oxymoron.

          • wes707

            Communists that practice capitalism is also an oxymoron. The PRC is a totalitarian capitalist state, i.e. a fascist state.

          • Xio Gen

            You’re either a troll or an idiot.

          • wes707

            Wow, good comeback…

    • donscarletti

      Why shouldn’t Chinese soldiers salute Chairman Xi? He is their Commander in Chief after all.

      Problem is, that’s not Chairman Xi and those are not soldiers.

      • wes707

        Yes, they’re not soldiers, seems to be more like some iteration of the Hitler Youth.

    • Ken Morgan

      Funny you mention that, the USA and Europe are pretty much fascist too. You know where capitalism is faked and turned crony capitalism instead. You know what we used to call that Fascism. I don’t see any prosecutions of Jon Corzine do you?

      • wes707

        The US and Europe (to a lesser extent) are plutocracies.

  • http://aileilei.tumblr.com/ El Puma Reincarnated

    China is a communist country after all… how do you think you get restless workers? I can’t wait to read the “my country is better” comments. oh yes, so important, all those opinions

    • Jahar

      My country is better.

      • http://aileilei.tumblr.com/ El Puma Reincarnated

        you mean they spoon feed you meaning for your life in a more subtle way than Chinese? That would be slightly better.

        • Jahar

          I don’t really mean anything. Just helping make your wishes come true. I’m like a little genie.

  • SongYii

    Haha… what a bunch of losers. Leaders with no capacity to lead.

  • Gordon Gogodancer

    China….wow

  • Probotector

    Why do members of the Chinese military, police or bao an salute civilians just because they happen to be rich and powerful?

    • donscarletti

      Come on, “bao an”. It’s not a specific Chinese phenomenon, you can just use the term “security guard” and capture the meaning perfectly.

      • http://twitter.com/joexu Joe

        but I seen bao ans dressed up like field marshals in China

        • donscarletti

          My favourite is in jianwai soho there are security guards that wear red berets with crossed kukris like some elite special forces or something. Now usually I am not opposed to offending people, but the kind of person who would be offended by that… Pretty brave.

    • Amused

      Because China is an oligarchy…

    • CIA
      • Probotector

        Saluting a head of state is okay.

        …and seriously, of all the presidents you post a picture of Bush II? How cliche.

        • CIA

          Is he not just a rich and powerful civilian you hypocrite?
          What makes him so special?
          That he was born into wealth and success?

          • Xio Gen

            …he was the president. That’s what made him special. Before and after he was president, he’s just a rich civilian whom no one has to salute.

          • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

            But for a brief time he was the most important person in the US. Yet even he did ride in the back of an imported car.

          • wingedgenius

            Eh… a Cadlliac is imported? Or are you speaking of after W’s term finished in 2008?

          • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

            Import, domestic. Doesn’t matter. Guy’s using his feet instead of wheels.

          • Probotector

            How am I being a hypocrite?

            The US president is a head of state and holds the military rank of Commander-in-Chief, that’s why he is saluted. Saluting a university dean or principal or whatever is over the top courtesy and brown nosing.

            It is a cliche to attack George W. Bush. Yes he was from a politically aristocratic family, but he was fairly elected to the governorship of Texas and elected twice to the Oval Office. He has no less legitimacy to be president than Obama does, or anyone other president.

  • Amused

    Sweet. Now they can see what their bribe money bought.

    • Jahar

      Who needs buildings that aren’t moldy and falling apart or bathrooms that arent just a trench to squat over? Good use of university funds. That said, if he’s the president of the uni, he should be able to afford an audi.

  • must touch brain

    Chinese Pope and Bishops?

  • Teacher in China

    The biggest travesty here is clearly using “Xiao Ping Guo” to dance around to.

  • BillBo

    President of a university which has thousands of students should not be able to afford an Audi? It’s a little prom queen-esque and not quite fit for a military inspection, but i don’t see a corruption issue with it.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      It feels less like a military parade and more an excuse for the president to stroke his ego.

  • Ken Morgan

    Er its Anhui university a very low ranked university with numerous fake teachers with fake qualifications (both Chinese and foreigner). I know (and loathe) a guy called Richard from Stevenage UK. He boasted that he worked there as an associate professor which is funny because he never finished high school and has trouble counting past ten when he has his socks on.

  • Jahar

    The president of this university is actually Bane.

    • Dryhten

      Was getting caught part of his plan?

      • CIA

        For you

    • Jackie Chan

      If I pull off that mask would you die?

      • Jahar

        It’s not me. I’m not Bane. I’m Batman.

        • Alex Dương

          Aren’t you wearing hockey pads?

          • Jahar

            I don’t need hockey pads…

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    I guess someone looked at all those marches for Kim Jong Un and decided “I could do that!”

    And he did that.

  • Pakonas

    All this military emulation and glorification, with a bunch of kids wearing militar clothes while they play Angry Birds in their Iphones, is just ridiculous.

  • that guy

    the whole 军训 culture at Chinese universities borders on the absurd. and it just makes the universities look terrible. Wearing a uniform is supposed to done with the highest levels of class and professionalism. seeing a bunch of people wearing a uniform with bright-colored sneakers while playing with phones undermines any image of military bearing and pride that these university officials are trying to convey.

    save the military culture for (taking a great leap here)…the military. stop fooling yourselves.

    • Amused

      Ummmmmmmmm, you do realize they don’t HAVE a military culture, right?

      • that guy

        ummmm….all evidence to the contrary. unless you’re defining “military” differently than I am

        • Amused

          Seriously? I wouldn’t lay even money on their army fighting its way out of a wet paper bag. And that’s fine if they’re ok with it. Chinese have just never really been a warrior people; too civilized back in the day I suppose. Seemed to be historically fantastic farmers and merchants though. But, I guess everyone likes a parade.

          • masonman

            Have you seen their military? Yeah historically China has always sucked in wartime but thats because they were always behind everybody else technologically. This is no longer true. They are one of the best equipped, best trained militaries in the world. Though it is quite likely they will never actually have to use said military these days.

  • vonskippy

    Looks like a Fatty Kim wanna-be.

  • Karze

    All you need in China is a back door aka connection to get high post.

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