Chinese regime uses academic institutes to expand its soft power
Ms. Yan Li, a former reporter with the Chinese Communist Party’s official Xinhua News Agency, recounted her efforts to confront media sympathic with “Tibetan separatists” in a story posted on website serving Chinese literature scholars in North America.
“Under her influence, some Canadian students bravely debated with anti-China elements on the Internet, some wrote to television stations, and newspapers to point out that their reporting was not according to the facts,” the report said.
Eventually, one major Canadian television station even apologized for its coverage as a result of “the combined efforts” of Yan and her students.
And none of this would have been possible without Beijing’s efforts to establish Confucius Institutes, like the one Ms. Yan directs at the University of Waterloo.