U.S., Philippines and Vietnam Accused of “Trying to Undermine China”
But at the same time, they warned participants not to adopt overly belligerent positions vis-a-vis Japan.
In addition to Japan, the instructors said the United States is “trying to undermine our country” and criticized the Philippines and Vietnam, which are mired in territorial disputes with China, the participants said.
They were also told to reject democracy and human rights, as these values, the instructors said, are claimed by “the West as universal (but) are targeting China’s Communist Party.”
One group of instructors praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, as the Chinese government has been trying to promote images of close relations with him, according to the participants.
After taking the program, Chinese journalists are required to pass an exam, seen taking place between January and February, to obtain press cards.
The islands in dispute between China and Japan don’t look like much but may hide much oil and natural gas below the sea floor that the owner of these islands can tap.
China continues a territorial dispute with Japan in the East China Sea over the islands called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China
China also has claimed much of the South China Sea for itself — claims that have upset many in the region, especially Vietnam and the Philippines. A huge wealth of untapped oil is believed to be below the sea here.
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