April 23, 2019 | 9:53 PM IST
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China forces millions to download Prez Xi’s app or get pay deducted

The app named Xi’s digital little red book, after Chairman Mao’s famous tract, has all 90 million Communist Party members. It is mandatory for cadres, employees of state-owned enterprises and school children to download the app terming it as ideological task.

Employers have asked their workers to submit daily screenshots to document their progress on the app and their pay would be deducted if the app is not used frequently. Reports claim that people had to earn at least 30 points a day.

According to reports, the app and the website have been designed and run by the People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of Communist Party includes ‘I am Chinese, and introduces children to nation’s 56 ethnic groups living in harmony, and building a well-off society.

Reports claim that the app was launched this January by the Ministry of Education and the users can earn scores by reading articles about Xi and to give elementary aid to middle school children to learn about the new socialist thought by reading Xi Jinping’s thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics and by reading classics President Xi has quoted in his speeches.

The app is thought to be the latest attempt to solidify Mr Xi’s control over China.

He is considered one of the most powerful Chinese leaders since Mao and could rule the country indefinitely – the Communist Party removed presidential term limits in March 2018.

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