Europe’s pivot to AsiaIn recent years, the US and Australia have both made very public declarations of their focus on Asia, with President Barack Obama’s pledge to become a ‘Pacific power’ and thelocal release of the Australia in the Asian Century white paper. However, behind the headlines, a more subtle shift towards the east has been emerging in Europe.
China's Confucius Institutes are propaganda machinesToronto's recently opened Confucius Institute is designed to promote the development of Chinese language education by expanding the opportunities for students to learn Mandarin and understand the culture, history and traditions of China.
But in reality, instructors are trained to self-censor topics that are politically taboo in China.
This scandal is making many waves here in Toronto. It shows how the Chinese government is completely out of touch with democratic sensibilities of Western countries.