Europe Bans Chinese Spy
Song Xinning, the Director of the Confucius Institute at Vrije University in Brussels, has recently been expelled and banned from all 26 Schengen nations in Europe for eight years, on a self-evidently fraudulent charge of spying for China.
The South China Morning Post reported that Song, a Professor at Renmin University in Beijing who has been heading the Institute in Belgium for the past three years, was accused by the Belgian authorities of “supporting Chinese intelligence activities in the city” and also of recruiting Chinese students and businessmen in Brussels as spies.
However, the real story, unfortunately, sounds very much like the operation run by FBI Chief Christopher Wray in the US. Professor Song said that he “found this accusation laughable”, and that he was appealing. He also said that he was not surprised.
In April, an American diplomat had approached him. “From my memory, he put it rather bluntly, asking: ‘I know you co-operate with the Chinese intelligence service, can you co-operate with me?’,” stressed the Professor. As he refused to accept the offer, the diplomat threatened him. “I was warned at the meeting that if I did not co-operate, there would be serious consequences. So obviously, this is the result; I was prepared,” added Professor Song.
Meanwhile, Professor Jonathan Holslag has strongly condemned the Schengen nations’ decision. Professor Holslag – an expert in Geopolitics and a Special Adviser to the European Commission, as well as Chairman of the Trilateral Commission for Belgium – insisted: “Song is a nice, polite gentleman, but the Institute is clearly an instrument of propaganda and shouldn’t be part of the academic community.” Professor Song, according to him, could “identify young and bright students” and “influence them with an uncritical, positive view about China”.
Indeed, Socrates was polluting the minds of the children…
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