Confucius Institute outreach failure? Scholars: Communist China or Buddhism instead

The first red flag-raising ceremony at Songshan Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, Henan province, on Aug. 27, 2018, the first time in more than 1,500 years. Pictured is Shaolin Temple Abbot Shi Yongxin.

Liu Yuguang, an associate professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, said in a lecture that the Chinese Communist Party knows that the Confucius Institute is a failed tool for foreign propaganda, so the Communist Party has chosen Buddhism as a tool to expand its influence abroad, and that although the Communist Party provides room for some Buddhism to survive, it is actually thinking “I let you live, you have to serve me.

On April 1, the Institute of East Asian Studies at National Chengchi University in Taiwan held a lecture on “Buddhist Public Diplomacy in China,” which was given by Liu Yuguang, an associate professor at the School of Philosophy at Fudan University in Shanghai.

According to the Central News Agency, Liu Yuguang, who studies Buddhism in mainland China, said that mainland China claims to be a “great Buddhist country” and is actively developing the concept of a “new motherland of Buddhism,” which not only propagates internally but also turns the basis of internal propaganda into a tool for operating “public diplomacy. In addition to internal propaganda, it has also turned the basis of internal propaganda into a tool for operating “public diplomacy.

Liu Yuguang said that mainland China will use the argument that the total number of Buddhist followers in its territory is greater than that of Southeast Asian countries to rationalize its claim to be a “Buddhist power. In addition, since Buddhism has declined in India, where it originated, and the mainland has large traditional Buddhist traditions such as Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism, the CCP has used this to promote the mainland as the “new motherland of Buddhism.

He argues that the CCP’s argument is mainly used for internal propaganda to promote the sense that “Buddhism is a Chinese religion” and to link it to nationalism. However, while the CCP provides room for some Buddhism to survive, in reality it is a “I keep you alive, you serve me” mentality.

Liu Yuguang mentioned that the CCP’s first concern when dealing with religion is “national security issues such as subversion, secession and religious terrorism,” but the CCP has not given up on turning Buddhism into a tool for foreign relations and public diplomacy.

He said the Communist Party is aware that the Confucius Institute is a failed tool for foreign propaganda because “in the end, it is a Chinese thing. Therefore, the CCP has chosen Buddhism as a tool to expand its influence among many religions, not only because there is traditional Buddhism in mainland China, which is more controllable, but also because of the transnational nature of Buddhist followers, which can complement the lack of transnationality of Confucius Institutes.

Liu Yuguang cited the “Nanhai Buddhist Institute” on Hainan Island as an example, saying that the CCP opened a religious education institution there not to train domestic religious personnel, but to recruit monks from Cambodia, Laos (Laos) and other Southeast Asian countries, so as to cultivate religious relations with Southeast Asian countries, and to use the influence of religion on politics in Southeast Asian countries to lobby and promote bilateral relations. The government has also used the influence of religion on politics in Southeast Asian countries to lobby and promote bilateral relations.

According to Yokogawa, an expert on China, the early Chinese Communist Party’s ideological education, as the earliest principle of Marxism-Leninism, interpreted Buddhism as an opiate to narcoticize the people, treating it as a drug, but later it found that religion could be used, so it used religion as an extension of its ruling tool.

This is a picture of overseas martial arts fans who came to Shaolin Temple on April 5, 2005.

Chinese Communist Party Promotes “Chineseization of Religion” and Religion Becomes a Tool of Domination

On Aug. 27, 2018, a red flag-raising ceremony was held for the first time in more than 1,500 years at Songshan Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, Henan province. At 7 a.m. that day, Abbot Shi Yongxin carried out the red flag-raising ceremony in front of the temple gate with all the Shaolin monks. Live pictures show that several monks carrying the red flag walk, looks incestuous, making people laugh.

The flag-raising ceremony was attended by officials including the minister of United Front Work of Dengfeng City, Henan Province, the vice president of the Communist Party of China Buddhist Association, and the president of the Henan Buddhist Association. According to land media reports, previously on July 31, at the sixth meeting of the CCP’s Joint Conference of National Religious Groups, an “Initiative on Raising the National Flag at Religious Activity Sites” was issued. The Shaolin monks immediately organized an in-depth “study”, and Shaolin Abbot Shi Yongxin decided to “take the lead in taking action at the Shaolin Temple in Songshan”.

As with the former president of the Chinese Communist Buddhist Association, Shi Xuecheng was reported for sexual assault and unaccounted for funds, the vice president of the Chinese Communist Buddhist Association, Shi Yongxin, was also reported for financial and personal problems in his private life. In the wake of the scandal, Shi Yongxin has raised the flag of Shaolin Temple to show his loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party.

Just last month (March 18), the CCP authorities held a joint meeting of national religious groups, the theme of which was to study the newly revised Regulations on the Work of the United Front of the Communist Party of China (hereinafter referred to as “Regulations”), and in addition to a speech by Wang Zuo’an, vice minister of the CCP’s United Front Department and director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, the heads of the five major religious groups – Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Christianity – all took a stand to “to unify their thoughts and actions to the decision and deployment of the Party Central Committee” and the so-called “Chineseization of religion”.

The meeting called for the Regulations to be taken as an “important political task to grasp” and “to increase the propaganda and guidance for religious figures and the general religious masses.”

CCP Religious Official: Communist Party Wants to Eliminate All Religions and Faiths on Earth

He Lizhi, a former senior structural engineer at China’s Ministry of Construction, previously disclosed in an interview with the Epoch Times that he had witnessed a video of a lecture given by Ye Xiaowen, then head of the Communist Party’s State Administration of Religious Affairs, to party secretaries of central organs and major State Council ministries. The video was three to four hours long, during which Ye spoke about the ultimate purpose of the CCP’s united religion and the steps taken to achieve that purpose.

In this “special lecture,” Ye states that the ideal of a communist society is to “eliminate the differences between rich and poor and class society,” but that a more important and difficult task than achieving this goal is that the Communist Party will eventually eliminate all religions on earth and eliminate people’s The Communist Party will eventually wipe out all religions on earth and eliminate people’s belief in God. According to Ye Xiaowen, even if communism is achieved, the ultimate goal is not achieved because man is small in the face of nature, and man is not capable of dealing with all kinds of natural disasters, so he will naturally think of God and pray for God’s shelter. So the realization of communism also did not achieve the ultimate goal, which is to eliminate man’s belief in God.

As to why the Chinese Communist Party provides freedom of religious belief in the Constitution? Ye Xiaowen explained at the meeting that because most of the religious masses are distributed in minority areas, if they were not allowed to believe in religion in the first place, it would bring corresponding ethnic problems. These minorities may have to get rid of the Chinese Communist Party’s rule.

Ye Xiaowen mentioned three means of the CCP to eliminate religion and faith: First, to invite the religious leaders of that minority, such as Tibetan lamas or Panchen, to Beijing to give you high official positions, so that you can enjoy life and give you the most generous treatment, so that you can forget what to believe in.

The second means is to crack down on disobedient religious leaders or sect leaders, those who do not listen to the Chinese Communist Party, and throw them into prison, so that they cannot be given room to live.

The third means is to vigorously strengthen atheist education in the vast religious areas, so that the young people, the new generation, will no longer believe in their fathers. In this way, those old believers slowly cease to exist in these areas over time. The number of believers will be kept to a minimum and gradually reduced, so that the religion will eventually cease to exist.

Shi Yongxin, known as “Shaolin CEO” and “political monk,” has been reported by Shaolin disciples for having dual registries, keeping several mistresses, and having illegitimate children with the nun Shi Yanjie. The picture shows Shi Yongxin, the abbot of Shaolin Temple, attending a meeting of the Chinese Communist Party’s National People’s Congress in 2013. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

The book Nine Comments on the Communist Party describes the destruction of Chinese national culture that began with the Communist Party’s theft of power in 1949 and the devotion of the state. After the Communist Party began to reform and open up, many monasteries, Taoist temples and churches were rebuilt, and temple festivals were held in China and cultural festivals were held overseas. This was the last destruction and exploitation of the remaining traditional culture by the CCP. It is also a strategy of the CCP to confuse the world by restoring the facade and destroying the substance.

According to the book, China’s so-called “freedom of religion” is a pseudo-freedom, which has a prerequisite of adhering to the leadership of the Communist Party. This pseudo-religious freedom has allowed many uninformed people to join the CCP-held religious sites, and the classics they study have been distorted by the CCP, and their faith has been eroded by the CCP with secular interests, which is the CCP’s systematic trap to destroy Buddhism and Taoism. The pseudo-religious freedom has also allowed a large number of people of bad character who follow the orders of the Communist Party to become abbots of monasteries and Taoist temples and heads of religious associations at all levels. On the one hand, they are desperately trying to enrich themselves, even eating, drinking, whoring and gambling, and on the other hand, they are actively cooperating with the Communist demand to whitewash the pseudo-freedom of the Communist Party internationally.