Russia – China clashes have been covert till now, but there will be an overt clash over Montenegro…

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China’s Buddhist Diplomacy is merely another aspect of the quest for global domination. Like the Confucius Institute and Wolf Warrior Diplomacy.

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Chinese Regime Pushes for Buddhist Diplomacy With New Tactics

BY ALEX WU April 13, 2021 Updated: April 13, 2021

In recent years, the Chinese communist regime has been pushing for “Buddhist diplomacy” in its quest for global domination, especially after international backlash against its Confucius Institutes. Experts held a symposium in Taiwan to reveal the regime’s new tactics of Buddhist diplomacy.

On April 1, mainland Chinese Buddhist scholar Liu Yuguang gave a speech at the symposium called “China’s Buddhist Diplomacy,” held at Taiwan’s National Chengchi University Graduate Institute of East Asia Studies.

Liu stated that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is actively developing the concept of “Buddhist New Motherland” to promote Chinese nationalism, according to a report by Radio France Internationale (RFI). He said the Chinese regime has turned Buddhism into a “tool of its diplomacy” because there are many Buddhist believers in the world, and this move could make up for problems such as the backlash against China’s Confucius Institute (CI) in recent years due to concerns over its ties with the Chinese regime.

CIs are operated under the Chinese government agency Hanban, under its Ministry of Education. It promotes the communist ideology and the CCP’s agenda, including censoring topics the regime deems sensitive such as the persecution of Falun Gong adherents, Uyghurs and Tibetan Buddhists, and the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

Liu pointed out that the atheist CCP has cracked down on Chinese traditional religious beliefs and undermined ethnic minorities and traditional culture since it took power in China. The Party views religion as a national security issue of subversion, secession, and terrorism.

Tseng Chien-yuan, associate professor at Taiwan’s National Central University echoed Liu’s point in an interview with The Epoch Times. He said that the CCP has brutally suppressed religious beliefs and destroyed ethnic minority cultures in mainland China. It upholds “atheism and materialism,” and uses material benefits to deny the importance of spiritual civilization.

Tseng said that this type of Buddhist diplomacy with communist characteristics has no substance at all and it is a joke–the CCP has persecuted Buddhism in the past, but now it uses Buddhist diplomacy to cultivate closer relations with the Southeast Asian countries that have practiced Buddhism since antiquity.

Tseng pointed out that the Buddhist diplomacy is part of the Chinese regime’s “United Front” strategy, dubbed by CCP leaders as a “magic weapon” in supporting the regime’s global ambitions. It’s through non-violent means, such as propagating a good image, that the CCP can gain the public’s trust and support, he said.

The United Front work involves the efforts of thousands of overseas groups that carry out political influence operations, suppress dissident movements, gather intelligence, and facilitate the transfer of technology to China. Many of the groups are coordinated by the Party agency the United Front Work Department (UFWD).

Tseng said, “How the CCP has treated religious beliefs in the country has been observed by the international community.”

He named a few of the Party’s atrocities against religions since it took over mainland China in 1949, including smashing Buddha statues and burning down temples, forcing monks and nuns to return to the secular world and to get married, and continue persecuting religious groups. He added that the CCP has turned many Buddhist temples into tourist attractions and makes a lot of money from them. The regime monitors the temples—it has set up police stations inside Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. The CCP also runs temples like a political organization by installing Party branches and appointing its Party members as abbots.

According to mainland Chinese media reports, during the Tomb-Sweeping Festival (China’s Memorial Day) on April 4, Buddhist temples in various places across the country sent monks to cemeteries to pay homage to communist martyrs as part of the series of events for the CCP’s centenary this year.

At the symposium, Liu Yuguang talked about Nanhai Buddhist Academy in China’s Hainan Province—which consists of various islands in the South China Sea—as an example of the regime’s Buddhist diplomacy.

Liu pointed out that the purpose of the CCP’s establishment of the religious education institution in this location is not to cultivate domestic religious talents, but to attract monks from Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia and Laos. By doing so, the Chinese regime intends to promote cooperation with these countries through religious exchanges.

Furthermore, the CCP’s Buddhist diplomacy is related to its strategic deployment in the South China Sea, its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI, also known as “One Belt, One Road”) and its United Front work, he said.

Tseng said Buddhist diplomacy allows the CCP to infiltrate the Southeast Asian countries and to buy off the local politicians and religious leaders so they can advance the Chinese regime’s interests in their countries and international community.

He added that in particular, Buddhism is an important belief of overseas Chinese. There is a large population of Chinese nationals in Southeast Asia and there are many Chinese-language media outlets in the region. Driven by interests, some of them have become part of the CCP’s foreign propaganda machine. The CCP uses interpersonal connections and donations to Buddhist temples in those countries in an attempt to gain trust and support from the Buddhist believers.

Li Yi-hsin contributed to this report.

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Scandalous and criminal! The Boston Police Dept knew that William J Keefe, President of the patrolmen union, was a child molester but allowed him to continue on duty…

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Thumb’s up for the Covid-19 vaccine! In Singapore.

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https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/over-1500-workers-dorm-test-negative-covid-19-after-fully-vaccinated-resident-contracts?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Pro CCP message on WhatsApp on the wonders of Sinovac…

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Some people, maybe paid by the CCP, will turn anything into propaganda.

Read: from the horse’s mouth.

Did the Head of China’s CDC just admit that the efficacy of China’s Covid-19 vaccines is “not high”?

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https://weehingthong.org/2021/03/09/hong-kong-2-dead-2-in-icu-after-83400-receive-sinovac-vaccines/

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Sinovac vaccine for seniors – a simple overview

🔹 We seniors will be getting the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine (called CoronaVac) developed by a Chinese company. How good and how safe is this vaccine?

This Sinovac vaccine is made based on the traditional method of manufacture: using inactivated viral particles to expose the body’s immune system to the virus without risking a serious disease response. We have taken many other vaccines developed this way using inactivated viruses, like the 3-in-1 Td/IPV vaccine for polio, etc. So side effects should be minimal. By comparison the Pfizer vaccine developed by the Americans are mRNA vaccines, a total new method, used for the 1st time, where long term side effects are unknown.

Due to the fact this is an old type vaccine, we could safely say Sinovac is safer than the new type of mRNA vaccines like Pfizer. 🔸

How effective is the Sinovac vaccine? Or what is the efficacy rate. If you read the western media, they would say Sinovac’s efficacy rate is only 50.7%. A rather low rate compared to the Pfizer vaccine which is 90% or more. But is the direct comparison valid. May be not. Let us see.

When the development of the Sinovac vaccine reached the Stage 3 mass testing stage, China had very few people infected with the virus for such mass testing. Sinovac had to go overseas for such mass testing. In fact they went to 5 foreign countries to conduct the mass testing.

One place they went to was Brazil where those being tested were all (said to be) front line medical personnel. The efficacy rate was reported as 50.7%. Anything over 50% is considered by WHO as a pass mark as a vaccine. People being in the front line meant all those taking the vaccine trial were very much exposed to the disease, hence the number of people on trial became infected and developed the symptoms were high. So the efficacy rate is low.

What about the trials conducted by Pfizer? Who were the people taking the vaccine trials? It seems they represent a whole spectrum of people in a typical community, meaning many of the people on trial had little chance to be in contact with the infected and of course they did not get infected and developed symptoms during the trial period. That explained the very high efficacy rate of the Pfizer vaccine.

You see the difference now? The 2 vaccines were tested in totally different sets of conditions. One is on easy ground, of course it does better. The other is on difficult ground, of course it does not do so well. Yes, the Americans run one km in 4 minutes, very fast, but they run down from a hill. The Chinese take 7 minutes, but they run uphill.

Another point comes into consideration. Could the Chinese under the communist PRC be trusted? Are they not cooking up data? We trust the Americans more, or do we?

The Stage 3 testing of the Sinovac vaccine from China were carried out in foreign countries and the reports were made by the health authorities in those foreign countries. Not by China, meaning China could not cook up data or put up fake results.

On the other hand, would Pfizer put up fake reports on their vaccines? We never know. But Pfizer is not an angel. In 2008 it was fined by the US government to the tune of US$ 2.6 billion for fraud in promoting a new drug called Bextra. We can’t be sure if Pfizer has cheated in this case or not. They could easily cherry pick in the collection of data.

Just a reminder to those who blindly worship the West to open their eyes. The Chinese may not be angels, so are the Americans.

The final question – is it confirmed that the efficacy rate of the Sinovac vaccine is only 50.7%? As was mentioned earlier, it was mass tested in 5 countries and being used in over 18 countries now. The 50.7% efficacy rate comes from the trial in Brazil. Indonesia has released their interim result in late January 2021: the rate is 65.3% Turkey has released their final result in early March 2021: the rate is 83.5%. So from the data of these 3 countries, the efficacy rate ranges from 50.7% to 83.5%. 🔸

But why the western media continues to say the efficacy rate for Sinovac is very low, only 50.7%? Not surprising isn’t it! Have you ever read from a western media anything good about China or the Chinese people? 🔹

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Ministry of Health removes article on sexual harassment that blames women and absolves itself by blaming the writer but what about other articles?

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How fake news begins: Trump suggests that there is a conspiracy to take the J & J vaccine off the market to benefit Pfizer…

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Heavy downpour wreaks havoc in parts of KL. April 13, 2021…

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10 notices issued to outlets in Perak for charging more than RM1 for a glass of water!

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Scott Thong: Easter Message 2021 – The Story That is True…

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