Chinese culture and state interest differs
Good on Crispin School for encouraging its pupils to learn more about Chinese culture ("Students help see in year of the snake," in last week's issue).
If the students are learning about the Chinese language and the diverse traditions of this global superpower, that's obviously a good thing.
I note, however, that three tutors came from the Confucius Institute, an international organisation set up by the Chinese Communist Party to encourage a 'correct' understanding of China.
'Correct' in the party's eyes means squashing debate on China's massive human rights abuses (it's an "internal matter," apparently), its brutal occupation of Tibet, its military ambitions to re-integrate Taiwan and dominate the rest of Asia, and so on.
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I am sure there was no attempt to indoctrinate Crispin School students.
I also applaud any attempts to improve the cross-cultural understanding here in the West Country.
However, please remember that 'Chinese culture' and the interests of the Chinese state are not the same thing.