China has advised schools to cut all ties with international relief agency Oxfam, including campus recruitment efforts, following an allegation that the group’s Hong Kong office has a hidden political agenda, The Associated Press reports.

A notice attributed to the Chinese Education Ministry said that Oxfam is a “non-governmental organization seeking to infiltrate our interior.”

The notice seems to refer to an internship program allowing social work majors from Chinese universities to work at non-governmental organizations, according to Oxfam Hong Kong’s China Unit Director Howard Liu, who is a member of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.