At many universities in China the new freshmen do military training before they begin their classes. At my school the training lasts for ten days. It starts at 6 a.m. and ends sometime at night around 7 or 8. I asked a teacher friend if he had to do the training when he was at his university and he said no because it was only implemented after the Tiannanmen Square Massacre. I’ve been told that the training isn’t so much about the military as it is about instilling in students a sense of discipline, order and obedience.

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