China issues textbooks educating children about the country’s ‘legitimate sovereignty’ of Tibet and the South China
By SOPHIE WILLIAMS FOR MAILONLINE / 30 August 2017
China is introducing new textbooks into its elementary and middle schools next month that it hopes will help make children aware of ‘national sovereignty.’
These new textbooks will cover three main subjects including Chinese language, history along with moral and legal education.
It includes information on islands in the South China Sea that the Chinese government claims are in their jurisdiction.
The new textbooks will be introduced in schools starting on September 1.
According to state mouth piece the People’s Daily, the books will include texts on the country’s revolutionary heroes and traditions while also having sections on Chinese people’s wish to defend ‘national territories.’
It also shows students facts and materials it claims proves China’s legitimate sovereignty over Tibet, Taiwan and the islands in the South China Sea.
According to the report, the textbooks will enhance international consciousness and look at the world with an ‘open mind and open vision’ and help students absorb the civilised achievements created by mankind.
China claims all territory in the South China Sea. However Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also have claims on parts of the sea.
The South China Sea is a potentially energy rich area. China has already started to build manmade islands in the disputed area including a base.
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