采访/陈汉 编辑/宋风 后制/陈建铭
Former Canadian Intelligence Agent:
The Confucius Institute Is an Espionage Institution
In the past year, some educational institutions in Canada
and the United States decided to terminate their cooperation
with the Confucius Institute in the name of undermining
Surprisingly, the Chinese regime even unilaterally terminated
its agreement between the Toronto District School Board
(TDSB) and the Confucius Institute recently.
As the Chinese regime has stepped up efforts to show
its so-called soft power, why would it do so?
Please see the following analytical reports.
On Oct. 23, the Hunan Provincial Education Department
informed the Toronto Board of Education that it would
unilaterally terminate its agreement with
the Chinese Confucius Institute.
When interviewed by U.S.-based Chinese language media
company Epoch Times, former Canadian Intelligence Service
(CSIS) Pacific Affairs Director Michel Juneau-Katsuya said
that after the Confucius Institute was rejected by several
universities and colleges, it was no surprise to see
the first unilateral withdrawal of the Confucius Institute
setting the trend.
Juneau-Katsuya said: “A common strategy used
by the Confucius Institute in many countries over the years
was manipulating political views and comments
by means of political infiltration.”
Juneau-Katsuya also noted that as he has mentioned
on various occasions, the Confucius Institute is an espionage
institute controlled and utilized by the Chinese regime.
It has also been clearly pointed out by public documents
in many Western countries.
He revealed that the Canadian intelligence agencies are still
in the process of investigating allegations that Confucius
Institute staff members are attempting to access confidential
government documents, accounts and mailboxes.
Some also requested that governmental email accounts
be provided to them so that they are able to access
Juneau-Katsuya said that such move is actually
Former Chinese intelligence agent Li Fengzhi said Chinese
regime intelligence agencies often conduct espionage
activities through a variety of units and institutions stationed
overseas, especially those with strong official backgrounds.
Therefore, he was not surprised to learn that the Confucius
Institutes in some places are engaged in intelligence activities.
Li Fengzhi: “When the Chinese regime set up the Confucius
Institute, there should be much strategic consideration.
In my view, it’s a very good channel to deploy
intelligence agents working overseas.”
Li Fengzhi added that the Chinese regime took the initiative
to announce the termination of the cooperation in order
to avoid embarrassment and to save face.
In fact, when the TDSB was discussing issues regarding
the Confucius Institute on Oct. 1, all representatives
from the Confederation of Toronto Chinese Canadian
Organizations (CTCCO), the Canadian Federation of Fujian
Associations and the Federation of Overseas Chinese
Associations supported the views expressed by the Confucius
Institute, attempting to help the Institute get approval.
In addition, the Canadian Federation of Fujian Associations
and the Beijing Association, as well as other groups
and individuals also staged demonstrations outside the TDSB.
Juneau-Katsuya said those organizations hope
the Confucius Institute to be approved are controlled
or influenced by the Chinese regime.
For some of them, their relationship with the Chinese regime
is available in publicized information.
However, the Toronto District School Board Planning
Commission Board of Education was not affected
by the Confucius Institute and the protesting groups.
It passed by an overwhelming majority of 6:1 in favor
of bringing up a motion to terminate the agreement
with the Confucius Institute at the Board’s plenary meeting
In fact, since the Chinese regime established its first
Confucius Institute overseas in 2004, there have been over
460 Confucius Institutes set up overseas one after another
over the past ten years.
All teachers were from China, and all the textbooks used
were compiled by the Chinese authorities.
Currently, the Confucius Institute’s rapid development
momentum has met with resistance.
In the first half of the year, the U.S. Association of University
Professors called for the re-evaluation of the Confucius
Institute on the grounds that it undermines academic freedom.
They also pointed out that the lecturers hired
by the Confucius Institute and the contents of their teaching
strongly reflect the Chinese regime’s intentions.
Canadian Teachers’ Association also urged Canadian colleges
to boycott the Confucius Institutes subsidized
by the Chinese regime.
On Sept. 25 and Oct. 1, the University of Chicago
and Pennsylvania State University also announced
the termination of cooperation with the Confucius Institute
Former Chinese national basketball player Kai Chen
said that he had read the free textbooks provided by
the Confucius Institute.
He thinks the values promoted by these materials
are allowing the world to be devoid of the qualities
of differentiating between good and bad, truth and false,
while only emphasizing the strength and power.
He said that this kind of propaganda is pollutes
the world and eliminates human conscience.
Chen Kai: “When the West accepts the Confucius Institute,
it’s tantamount to accepting the Chinese regime’s legality
to a certain extent.
What it mostly wants to do is eliminate Western people’s
consciences, that is, allow people to lose the ability
to differentiate between good and bad, true and false,
and whether the Chinese regime is legitimate or not.”
Kai Chen noted that the objective of establishing
the Confucius Institute is to alienate Western countries’
policies towards the Chinese regime, so as to reinforce
the security of the regime.
Judging from the current situation in Hong Kong,
it seems that the regime has reached its goal.
Interview/ChenHan Edit/SongFeng Post-Production/Chen Jianming