- China is using an academy to train foreign officials in how its political and economic model works.
- The academy is targeting government officials in ASEAN member countries in an effort to expand its influence.
- Officials are taught about the history and operations of the Chinese Communist Party and how to “guide public opinion” online and alleviate poverty in a “targeted” way.
- President Xi Jinping recently said China will train 2,000 foreign police and judges in the next three years.
The new Baise Executive Leadership Academy – which looks like a five-star resort nestled in the green hills of China’s remote Guangxi region – may not be well-known abroad, but it aspires to be part of Beijing’s strategy of exporting its development model, in this case by training foreign government officials.