[Epoch Times, July 31, 2021](Reported by English Epoch Times reporter Venus Upadhayaya/Compiled by Li Yan) As the CCP continues to invade the Indian border and set up camps, experts warn that the CCP’s main propaganda agency-the United Front The Ministry (UFWD) is stepping up the anti-India agenda in India and even in South Asia.
Shikha Aggarwal, a Sinologist based in Taipei and a researcher awarded for the 2020 “Taiwan Grants” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, told the Epoch Times reporter on the phone that the United Front Work Department was called a “magic weapon” by Mao Zedong. Xi Jinping called it an important means to realize the “Chinese (CCP) Dream”.
Earlier, Agarwal wrote in a review article in India’s main daily newspaper, the Indian Express, that the United Front Work Department “tells the story of China (the CCP) well” to subvert public opinion, legislation, and policy decisions. , To help achieve the CCP’s regional goals.
Frank Lehberger, another sinologist and senior researcher at the Usanas Foundation based in India, told the Epoch Times reporter in an email that since taking office, Xi Jinping is gradually expanding the influence of the United Front Work Department and giving it more power.
“The United Front Work Department is a part of (the CCP) “unrestricted warfare”, including information warfare and psychological warfare. The CCP not only targets India’s foreign policy, but also targets India’s internal affairs or policies. Everything is to soften India’s resolve and ultimately make India succumbed to China (the CCP).” Leiberg from Germany said that the United Front Work Department is a kind of “soft power” of the CCP, and it is also its most widely used “non-lethal weapon.”
“In the past five years, Xi Jinping ordered the entire bureaucracy and every branch of the Chinese Communist Party to join the activities of the United Front Work Department.” He said, “This series of extensive activities are called “United Front Work”. Resources and coordination have also been expanded.” Leiberg said that in the past 100 years, all CCP leaders have understood that the CCP won the civil war in 1949, and it was the United Front Work Department that played a key role, not a gun.
Namrita Hasija, a researcher at the China Analysis and Strategy Center based in New Delhi, told The Epoch Times that the United Front Work Department and its affiliated organizations are lobbying Indian scholars, journalists, and companies so that they Can gradually influence its policy making.
“The goal of the United Front Work Department is to influence economists, political and intellectual elites in other countries, and be less cautious about interfering in their domestic affairs.” Hasia said, “It is expected that it will continue to emphasize more on the Belt and Road Initiative. Xi Jinping’s thoughts and other issues have generally weakened India’s influence in the region.”
She said that the United Front Work Department mainly uses overseas Chinese to realize its agenda, but this method does not work in India because there are not many overseas Chinese in India. Therefore, it cooperates with academics, journalists and companies in India.
Hasia pointed out that well-known Indian newspapers have published full-page editorials about Tibet and Hong Kong written by the Chinese Communist ambassador, as well as articles about COVID (Chinese Communist virus) and the centennial celebration of the Chinese Communist Party.
The Chinese Communist Party’s ambassador to India, Sun Weidong, published an article in India’s main daily newspaper, The Hindu last year (2020), stating that the “National Security Law” passed by the CCP in Hong Kong is in the interests of India and India should respect and support the CCP’s office. Effort.
A New Delhi source who asked not to be named told the Epoch Times that the United Front Work Department has established lobbying groups in all important departments of the South Asian governments.
The United Front Work Department’s concern for religion
Agarwal said that Buddhism has become an important focus of the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China in South Asia. The core of this agenda is to weaken India’s position as the origin of Buddhism in the world.
Agarwal said in her review article: “The front-end organizations involved in implementing the department’s agenda are the Buddhist Association of China (BAC) and the Asia-Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (APECF).” The Buddhist Association of China is a national institution that oversees Buddhism in China. The Panchen Lama Gyaltsen Norbu (Lama’s name “Chökyi Jebu”) appointed by the Chinese Communist Party is its vice chairman.
The Panchen Lama Gyaltsen Norbu is a controversial figure in the Buddhist world. In 1995, the CCP selected him a few days after kidnapping the 11th Panchen Lama. The 11th Panchen Lama was six years old. Since then, the original Panchen Lama has not heard from him. The 14th Dalai Lama who appointed him sought asylum in India in 1959.
The Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama were the two major lineage disciples of Tsongkhapa, the leader of the Yellow Sect in Tibet, and later formed two different lineage systems.
In March of this year, Gyaltsen Norbu, a member of the Chinese Communist Party Committee (CPPCC), the highest political advisory body of the Communist Party of China, was rarely interviewed by the Chinese Communist Party media Xinhua News Agency, saying that Tibet would be Sinicized and would adopt socialist values.
Agarwal said that since 2006, the Beijing Buddhist Association (BAC) has been organizing the “World Buddhist Forum” (WBF), and the controversial Panchen Lama will give a keynote speech at each WBF.
“The World Buddhist Forum is a major public relations activity of China (the Chinese Communist Party). It aims to mold itself as an integral part of the history of Asian Buddhism and become a major stakeholder in contemporary religious discussions. A platform for cloth to be recognized and accepted internationally,” she said.
Buddha Shakyamuni was born in Lumbini in present-day Nepal. He preached in India and Nirvana there. India has the most important Buddhist pilgrimage center.
Agarwal said that an important part of the Chinese Communist Party’s Buddhist strategy is to push Nepal’s Lumbini to the forefront of the world’s Buddhist narrative, thereby weakening India’s position.
“This design is being realized through large-scale investment in Lumbini infrastructure projects. These projects include the Zhong Hua Chinese Buddhist Monastery (Zhong Hua Chinese Buddhist Monastery) built by BAC and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) US$3 billion “Lumbini” “Lumbini Recovery Plan” (Lumbini Recovery Plan).” She said that the former Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Pushpa Kamal Dahal) was the leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) during the civil war and served as Co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APECF).
“WBF has also begun to incorporate China’s (CPC) foreign policy goals into its religious diplomacy, and at the fifth meeting held in 2018, the “Belt and Road” (BRI) initiative was listed as one of the themes of the meeting.” She said .
Experts say that another united front organization active in South Asia is the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC, referred to as the Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries).
Hasia said: “The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries sponsors and guides many friendship associations composed of political, business and other elites in many countries around the world, and this is also true in South Asia.”
Agarwal said that last year, when the Chinese Communist Party passed the “Hong Kong version of the National Security Law” that has been condemned internationally, many South Asian “friendship associations” issued a joint statement to show their support.
“In addition, the India-China Friendship Association claims that it is “striving to promote peace among Indians.”” Agarwal said, “They (Indians) have used social media to express their views on China (the CCP) after the Kalwan incident. “Disgusted”.”
In June 2020, there was a bloody clash between the Indian and Chinese armed forces in Galwan, located on the border between China and India. 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the clash. In a call with The Epoch Times, Agarwal stated that when an event of national significance like “Galwan” occurs, how can the India-China Friendship Association organize such an event?
Without specific references, Agarwal questioned how the CPAFFC event held in India could survive in the country’s intellectual circles.
“So these are the questions we all need to think about.” She said that information about such organization activities is very scarce, and India needs more scholars to invest time in studying the CCP.
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