The following post by China Daily (中国日报), an English-language newspaper published by the Information Office of China’s State Council, was deleted sometime around 11AM today, September 17, 2014. [See more deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre]

The China Daily post on Weibo summarizes a report published on Monday by Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (article in Chinese here) that said Oxford University, which has produced “a long list of political leaders in many different countries” now hoped to “produce its first Chinese president.”

The post from the Weibo account of the government’s own English-language external propaganda newspaper was presumably censored because the idea that the sons and daughters of CCP elites — sometimes called the “second-generation reds” — are studying at universities like Oxford (and might be expected to become senior leaders themselves) is a sensitive notion, underscoring the disproportionate opportunities available to Party leaders and their families.

A translation of the post follows:

[Oxford University seeks to train China’s future leaders] Andrew Hamilton, the vice-chancellor of England’s Oxford University says that many political leaders have studied at Oxford, and now Oxford hopes that a future Chinese General Secretary with emerge from Oxford. Currently, says Hamilton, around 900 students from China, Hong Kong and Macau are studying at Oxford. China, says Hamilton, is now a major priority for Oxford, and as move further into the 21st century China will only become more important for Oxford. http://t.cn/RhaVBZL

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The shortened link at the end of the China Daily post takes readers to the Chinese-language story at the South China Morning Post.

The original Chinese post follows:

【牛津大学望培养中国未来领导人】英国牛津大学校长贺慕敦表示,许多国家的政治领导人都出自牛津,如今牛津希望中国未来国家主席出身于此。牛津大学现有900多名来自内地、香港及澳门的学生,贺慕敦表示,中国如今是牛津关注的重点,而随着21世纪展开,中国对牛津将会愈发重要。http://t.cn/RhaVBZL