Sunday, September 29, 2019

Chinese Student Association Banned at Same Canadian University That Closed Its Confucius Institute

Chinese Student Association Banned at Same Canadian University That Closed Its Confucius Institute

September 27, 2019 
The student union at McMaster University, which shut down China’s Confucius Institute years ago, has banned a club with close links to Beijing.
The student union’s governing body made the decision this week to strip the student club status of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), citing a rule against conduct that would “endanger the safety or security of any person or property,” the Globe and Mail reported.
“All students wishing to form a club agree to a specific set of rules regarding their conduct as a club. It was the determination of the SRA (Student Representative Assembly) that CSSA had violated those rules,” said McMaster University Student Union president Joshua Marando, according to CBC.
As reported previously by The Epoch Times, the McMaster CSSA issued a letter in February condemning an event on campus organized in support of China’s Uighur minority, who are being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.
Online chats on the Chinese social media platform WeChat seen by The Epoch Times at the time showed students saying they had been asked by the Chinese consulate to report their observations about the event to the consulate, and to notify the CSSA to launch a complaint about the event to the university administration.
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The “about us” sections of many CSSAs—which are on numerous university campuses around the world including in Canada, the United States,  Europe, and Australia—say the clubs were founded or supported by the Chinese consulates or embassies. The groups often organize campaigns and events in line with Beijing’s policies, including protests against human rights events related to China on campus and objecting to visits by figures from communities persecuted by the regime, such as Tibet’s spiritual leader Dalai Lama.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has said that CSSAs “alert Chinese consulates and embassies when Chinese students, and American schools, stray from the Communist Party line.”
In 2013, another organization used by Beijing to spread its soft power and propaganda, the Confucius Institute (CI), was closed at McMaster by the university administration because of its discriminatory hiring practices.
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As reported by The Epoch Times, a stipulation on the hiring contract of CI teachers requires that they do not practice Falun Dafa, a spiritual meditation practice also known as Falun Gong that is persecuted by the Chinese regime.
Sonia Zhao, a Falun Dafa adherent from China who came to work at the McMaster CI, had to sign the contract as she was concerned if she didn’t sign, it would be revealed that she is an adherent and would face persecution—a fate her mother suffered because of her belief in the practice.
Ms. Zhao Liping shares her family’s experience of being persecuted by the CCP at the Flushing Forum. (By Ming Guo/The Epoch Times)
Sonia Zhao gives a speech about the persecution of Falun Dafa in China at a rally in Toronto on August 13, 2011. 
A McMaster spokesperson at the time said they closed the CI because “hiring decisions in China were not being done the way we would want to do the hiring.”
Canadian Security Intelligence Service head Richard Fadden said during a 2010 speech while still serving with the agency that CIs are controlled by Chinese embassies and consulates, and linked them with Beijing to influence and subvert Canadian policy.

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