Britain can be friends with the world, but she shouldn’t get lost in the process

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A recent article in The temperature details how the best private schools, such as Harrow, Westminster and Dulwich, have quietly made their fortunes by setting up branches of their prestigious and exclusive schools in places such as Hong Kong and China, Abu Dhabi and Egypt. The stated goal is apparently to educate the wealthy elites from across Asia and the Middle East.

So what’s wrong with that, you might ask? This is just a normal example of “capitalism”, with enterprising businessmen taking advantage of obvious educational gaps or opportunities abroad to make vast tax-free profits. You might even think, good luck to them!

But I fear this is yet another example of the West’s mistake. Because you dig a little deeper and you’ll find that to close the deal, Harrow, for example, appointed four senior members of the Chinese Communist Party to its board of directors. There are similar appointments at Westminster, Dulwich and Shropshire’s Concord College. Perhaps even more concerning, however, is the fact that Dulwich, licensed overseas under the subsidiary name Dulwich International Schools Management Ltd, is officially associated with a sister company based in China, Dehong Education.

Again, at first glance, this may not seem very important, but according to The Times, Dehong lists on its website explicit policies and procedures “for turning children into members of the Chinese Communist Party …”. Along with this, he carries election announcements for a party branch secretary and a member of the propaganda committee. Interesting, but one wonders what kind of education is offered here? Dehong nevertheless claims that, through his partnership with Dulwich, he will be able to place students at the best universities in the world, especially in the UK, naming Oxford and Cambridge, and other universities in the Russell Group. In other words, in partnership with Dulwich, Dehong pioneered the global export of Chinese Communist propaganda.

There has already been massive Chinese investment in UK manufacturing, energy, transport and telecommunications ⎼ as illustrated, for example in the continuing dispute over Huawei’s planned controversial deployment of 5G telecommunications networks across the country, and Chinese investment in our steel industry, effectively removing it from British control.

Today, it looks like Britain’s top private schools have found a tremendous investment opportunity to export their brand overseas. But the question must be asked, who uses whom? Who exactly are the exploiters, and who are the beneficiaries, here?

Tom Tugendhat, conservative chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, alluded to the risk in his comments to The Times on his investigation.

“Education is one of Britain’s big exports, but these reports are cause for concern. British schools opening branches overseas need to be sure the price they are paying does not match our values “he said.

It seems that we have only recently realized the dangers of such planned expansionism, but the truth is that our heritage, our values ​​and our cultural identity are already under massive threat.

For, while saying it might not make one popular, in recent years Britain has seen a massive influx of mostly Islamic refugees, bringing with them beliefs that deny the centrality of Christ – demoting him to one. among many prophets, subordinate to Muhammad – together with social and cultural behaviors that often do not fit well with Western practice. The questions that this raises may not feel comfortable, but they cannot be ignored.

Chinese Communism pursues a policy of rigorous Christian repression and a multi-pronged strategy of world domination – in short, China’s goal is totalitarian world control. But Islam also envisions a political order in which all of humanity recognizes and accepts Muhammad, and lives under Muslim rule.

It is perhaps no exaggeration to say that “Britain” as we once understood it no longer exists. At some level maybe, it doesn’t matter, for it is in the nature of things to evolve and “move forward”. If they don’t, they die. But what matters, and indeed is extremely important, is that the fundamental beliefs and values ​​of our culture are increasingly subject to erosion and subversion; in some cases, I would dare say deliberate attack. And, if they are not to go away completely, we must act now to defend them.

For over a thousand years Britain has espoused a political and social system derived from our Christian beliefs. He was the envy of the world, rightly celebrated for his order and justice – his defense of the individual against aggressive and unauthorized state control. Christ calls us to love and treat others as we ourselves would, and to welcome and help those in need. But He does not call us to obediently accept what can end, intentionally or accidentally, in the destruction of our way of life, our values ​​and our beliefs.

As Christians we are called to love, yes, but that does not mean loving indiscriminately. And I am afraid that if we do not act now to reaffirm and maintain our values ​​and beliefs, then they will be lost and we will have betrayed Christ.

Rev Lynda Rose is the founder of Voices for Justice United Kingdom, a group that works to defend the moral values ​​of the Bible in society.