MAC slams youth corps' educational tours to China

06/06/2019 09:19 PM
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Headquarter of the China Youth Corps/ CNA file photo
Headquarter of the China Youth Corps/ CNA file photo

Taipei, June 6 (CNA) Summer educational tours to China organized by Taiwan's China Youth Corps (CYC) are being conducted in collaboration with China's propaganda units, the Taiwan government agency that handles cross-strait affairs said Thursday.

Schools in Taiwan should not dance to the tune of China's propaganda and should refrain from posting or distributing promotional material for such tours, said Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正), spokesman for the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC).

Furthermore, organizations in Taiwan and China are prohibited from recruiting students for China's educational institutions, Chiu said, citing the Enforcement Rules for the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.

The MAC will continue to monitor related developments, he said, in response to reporters' questions about recent news reports that CYC has been recruiting senior high school students for educational trips to China this summer.

According to the reports, CYC is offering to help students assess future trends in education and employment.

Chiu said the summer tour activities promoted by CYC were being organized in collaboration with Kunming Taiwan Compatriots Fraternal Association in Yunnan and the China Friendship Association of Cultural Circle in Beijing, which are both considered propaganda units against Taiwan.

The CYC was established in 1952 to help train youths as a force to fight communism, but over the years its focus has gradually shifted to providing recreational services to young Taiwanese at home and abroad.

Meanwhile, Chiu said, Taiwanese citizens are urged not to participate in any discussions related to China's "one country, two systems" formula at the upcoming Straits Forum in Xiamen since the forum is part of China's scheme to ultimately annex Taiwan through a "united front" strategy.

Taiwanese groups and citizens are not permitted to sign agreements or memorandums of understanding, strike illegal deals, or forge alliances with Chinese authorities, in conflict with national interests, he said, reiterating the MAC's position on the issue.

(By Miao Zong-han and Emerson Lim)

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