China promoting unification at schools

SUSPICION: A total of 259 Chinese students and teachers apparently sought to remain inconspicuous, but the Taoyuan City Government was alarmed by the size of the event

Taipei Times
Date: May 28, 2018
By: Chung Li-hua  /  Staff reporter

Teachers and students participating in the “100 schools, 1,000 students” exchange program in China’s Jiangsu Province pose in an undated photograph.  Photo: Screen grab from the Taiwan International Youth Exchange Association Web site

The government has uncovered a Chinese project aimed at promoting unification in Taiwan’s elementary and high schools to promote unification, a national security official said on condition of anonymity.

A total of 259 teachers and students from 18 schools in China’s Jiangsu Province last week visited 18 elementary, junior and senior-high schools in Taiwan as part of an exchange program, the source said, adding that some of the visitors stayed in local homes.

After Burkina Faso severed ties with Taiwan on Thursday, the government tightened the review process for visiting Chinese officials and people connected to them, the source said.

However, regular exchange activities are still reviewed by other ministries and do not require a review by the Ministry of the Interior, they added.    [FULL  STORY]

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