More Fast Facts – The Secret War

More Fast Facts – The Secret War

The Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute promotes itself as an education and language programme.  Founded in 2004, it has 500 centres on six continents. There are branches at many British universities. The influence of the Chinese Communist Party over Chinese students in the UK is one theme running through The Secret War.

 

The China Research Group set up by Conservative MP warns that:

  • It’s monitored by China
  • China approves teachers
  • Instructed not to talk about Tibet or Taiwan
  • Students complain of being monitored
  • Affecting free speech by discouraging debates
  • Promoting Chinese Propaganda

 

What to the CRG group want?

  • Tabled an amendment to the Higher Education) Freedom of Speech) Bill to
  • force universities to report funding and activities
  • allow ministers to end partnerships with them over freedom of information concerns.
  • Sweden closed Confucius institutes in 2020.

Chinese Trojan Horse

US academic Lee Edwards described them as “modern equivalent of a Trojan horse, seemingly benign and apolitical, but committed in shaping our understanding of an authoritarian adversary.”

 

What is Soft Political Power

  • Opposite of hard power (aggressive)
  • Diplomacy and culture (manipulation)

 

Sweden 

Sweden closed its Confucius Institutes in 2020

Updated:  The Secret War Resources

Updated: The Secret War Resources

A lot of what you read in The Secret War is based on fact. Here are a few articles which may be relevant.

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China’s Youth Embrace Chairman Mao

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The Communist Party of China occupies all the political space in contemporary China

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China investigated over weaponising coronaviruses: The Secret Report

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CCP infiltrates US firms and universities

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The first UK biochemistry department founded at University of Liverpool in 1902

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China’s fake news machine rewrites history

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Updated:  The Secret War Resources

Updated: The Secret War Resources

A lot of what you read in The Secret War is based on fact. Here are a few articles which may be relevant. Read more here China’s Youth Embrace Chairman Mao Read more here The Communist Party of China occupies all the political space in contemporary China Read more...

Five Fast Facts: The Secret War

Five Fast Facts: The Secret War

The Official Secrets Act (OSA) is legislation mainly related to national security, but in unrevised form can include all information held by government bodies. It commonly required people working with sensitive information to adhere to it. In The Secret War, Karen Andersen has a conversation with her time to time boss Quacker reminding him that signing is intended more as a reminder to the person that they are under such obligations as the act is a law, not a contract, and individuals are bound by it whether or not they have signed.

In The Secret War, we meet Tomio Nakamura, recently retired as a professor of biochemistry at the University of Liverpool because of a scandal involving a Chinese student. In 2006 the real-life Liverpool University became the first in the UK to establish an independent university in China, making it a world’s first. In addition, Chinese now make up one in five of the University’s student population. So much so, British MPs have warned of the influence of the Chinese government on campus. Liverpool has a long history of research into tropical medicines. It played a major part in the developing drug treatments and vaccines at the outbreak of Covid-19.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) commonly known as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the founding and sole governing political party of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Founded in 1921, with the help of the Soviet Union, the party grew quickly. The People’s Republic of China, formed on 1 October 1949, presided over by Xi Jinping controls the country’s armed forces, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The CCP puts a great deal of effort into the party schools and into crafting its ideological message. In Book 3 of the Karen Andersen thriller series, she looks for the link between Professor Tomio Nakamura and the  CPC.

A Transatlantic cruise or “crossing” is one of the most luxurious ways to make a journey between Europe and the America and embarked on by grand ocean liners of yesteryear. The Queen Mary 2 still undertakes the route regularly. Much of the action in The Secret War takes place on board the fictional Princess Hyacinth, which sails the iconic route from Southampton to New York in seven days. The voyage is 3,150 nautical miles, or 3,625 statute miles.

Biological warfare is the use of biological toxins or infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, insects, and fungi is a crime under the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). In contrast, defensive biological research for peaceful purposes is not prohibited such as that carried out at the Ministry of Defence’s Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down. Biological warfare is as old as civilization, but bio terrorism and black biology is an emerging threat to world peace.

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