Pol­ish of­fi­cials mocked for smear­ing Bei­jing col­lege

Global Times - - TOP NEWS - By Chen Xi

Chi­nese ne­ti­zens mocked Pol­ish of­fi­cials who called a Bei­jing lan­guage univer­sity a “top in­tel­li­gence school,” which is the alma mater of a Huawei em­ployee ar­rested in Poland, and crit­i­cized for­eign coun­tries for at­tempt­ing to de­mo­nize China.

In re­port­ing the re­cent ar­rest of a Huawei em­ployee in Poland for al­legedly en­gag­ing in es­pi­onage, the US-based United Press In­ter­na­tional quoted Pol­ish of­fi­cials as say­ing that the per­son they charged is a grad­u­ate of one of China’s top in­tel­li­gence schools.

Wang Wei­jing was a Huawei sales di­rec­tor in Poland, and grad­u­ated with a Pol­ish lan­guage ma­jor at Bei­jing For­eign Stud­ies Univer­sity (BFSU), ac­cord­ing to BBC Chi­nese site on Sun­day.

“If we change the univer­sity’s name from Bei­jing For­eign Stud­ies Univer­sity to Bei­jing For­eign Spies Univer­sity, the English ab­bre­vi­a­tion is amaz­ingly still BFSU,” a net user mocked on Sina Weibo.

A pho­to­shopped im­age of the univer­sity’s school em­blem with the name “Bei­jing For­eign Spies Univer­sity” was also re­posted by Chi­nese ne­ti­zens on Weibo.

The com­ments on the for­eign me­dia ac­cu­sa­tion of Niu Huay­ong, the dean of BFSU’s In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness School, were also widely cir­cu­lated on­line.

“For many years, I have tried my best to con­ceal my iden­tity. …But I was dis­cov­ered by the US. I don’t want to hide it any­more. Yes, I am the in­struc­tor of this in­tel­li­gence univer­sity,” Niu said on Sina Weibo on Satur­day.

Some BFSU stu­dents even joked about their cour­ses, say­ing the English in­ten­sive read­ing course should now be called “English in­tel­li­gence anal­y­sis” course, while re­fer­ring English lis­ten­ing to the el­e­men­tary course of eaves­drop­ping.

It’s not the first time that China has been ac­cused of es­pi­onage. West­ern coun­tries, in­clud­ing the US, have ac­cused many Chi­nese com­pa­nies of spy­ing for the govern­ment.

“It shows that West­ern coun­tries have ex­panded their ac­cu­sa­tions against China from the busi­ness sec­tor to the cul­tural field,” Li Haidong, a pro­fes­sor at the China For­eign Af­fairs Univer­sity’s In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, told the Global Times.

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