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CCP Uses Education Base to Export Ideology to Southeast Asian Countries

Recently, Epoch Times has obtained a number of internal CCP documents that expose how the CCP used the Lancang-Mekong cooperation to export its ideology to Southeast Asian countries along with the “Belt and Road” initiative.

According to the “Application for 2018 Special Funding on the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation project” that the Yunnan Nationalities University submitted, the total project funding was 7.62 million yuan (US$1.16 million), where 200,000 yuan (US$30,474) was self-raised funds. The application shows that China plans to build the Lancang-Mekong Vocational Education Base at Yunnan Nationalities University. It will consist of the International Vocational Institute, the Vocational Education Alliance, the Research Institute on Vocational Education and Industry Development, the Industry-Education Integration Zone and the International Cadre Academy. One of the objectives of the education base is to “gain advanced knowledge in a number of fields, including Chinese politics, economics, social studies and the humanities.” The specific courses consist of “The Theory and Practice of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics,” “Innovative Theory Research of the Chinese Communist Party” as well as several others. At the same time, the content of the training includes courses on “Chinese Culture.” One of the examples is “spreading China’s voice in areas such as current affairs, history and foreign policy.” The trainees were also asked to understand the “Belt Road Initiative” and to learn more about China’s experience through the reform and development.

A separate document that the Epoch Times obtained included a report dated May 28, 2020, from the Yunnan Police Academy titled, “Activities on Promoting the Joint Development of the ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative.” The document reveals that, since 2015, the Academy has trained 56 foreign students from Afghanistan, Argentina, Angola, Pakistan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, and Myanmar and has granted them master’s degree. The Ministry of Public Security provided full scholarships for these students. The academy also recruited 26 undergraduate Law students from Laos with full scholarships. Most of the graduates who returned to their home country are working in a field that has a direct interaction with China so these graduates can assist China in cooperating with their home countries in police enforcement. The Academy has established a Southeast Asian police training base to train police officers from the “Belt and Road” countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia. From 2016 to 2019, the Academy held 67 training courses and trained 1,241 officers.

Source: Epoch Times, November 12, 2020