The Chinese government has been seeding America’s higher education with pro-China sentiments and indoctrination. The name of this effort is the Confucius Institute.
Congress looks to curb Chinese infiltration of higher ed
by Nikita Vladimirov, 22 March 2018
Several Republican lawmakers are backing a new bill that would further tighten the screws on Chinese “Confucius Institutes” in U.S. colleges and universities.
The bill, S.2583, was introduced by Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton, and is intended to amend two laws in order to make it harder for the Chinese government to infiltrate higher education.
Numerous lawmakers have expressed concerns that Confucius Institutes serve as “proxies for the Chinese Communist Party” on American campuses, pushing “manipulative propaganda campaigns” and using “strings-attached” funding to cow professors into conforming with the Chinese government’s priorities. …
Earlier this month, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn also blasted the suspicious activity of Confucius Institutes, arguing that the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, another legislative effort that was introduced last year, will become “an important piece of our overall response” to China’s strategy.
“These institutes are proxies for the Chinese Communist Party,” the lawmaker said at the time. “They offer schools financial benefits in exchange to set up shop in close proximity to U.S. researchers and students whose views they attempt to influence for what are essentially manipulative propaganda campaigns—ones that conveniently whitewash over the Communist regime’s less flattering attributes and their troubling history of human rights abuses and belligerence in places like the South China Sea.”
I’m glad to see this effort even if it is blatantly hypocritical. The Feds themselves love to offer our colleges free money with attached strings leading to politically correct sentiments. Maybe the real motivation is the Deep State doesn’t like the Chinese using their own tools on their own turf.
Regardless, Trump to the rescue!
Trump to sign Confucius Institute funding ban
by Grace Gottschling, 20 August 2018
President Trump is about to sign the new National Defense Authorization Act, which will prohibit funding to Chinese-run Confucius Institutes on American campuses.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz added the key amendment to “The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019,” which also restricts funding to universities that host Confucius Institutes and requires them to provide a public record of any agreements or contracts they have with the program, which has deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
Earlier this week, the White House confirmed that Trump plans to sign the bill during a visit to Fort Drum, New York, according to Fox-28. …
In March, the Central Intelligence Agency issued a classified report labeling the institutes as a threat, according to an unclassified page of the document obtained by The Washington Free Beacon.
“The [Chinese Communist Party] provides ‘strings-attached’ funding to academic institutions and think tanks to deter research that casts it in a negative light,” the unclassified portion of the report reads. “It has used this tactic to reward pro-China viewpoints and coerce Western academic publications and conferences to self-censor. The CCP often denies visas to academics who criticize the regime, encouraging many China scholars to preemptively self-censor so they can maintain access to the country on which their research depends.”
I would do an expose on the Confucius Institutes but it turns out the National Association of Scholars has already done so:
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, passed by both the House and Senate and now sitting on President Trump’s desk, would address the issue of Chinese government-sponsored Confucius Institutes on American college campuses. A key amendment put forward by Texas Senator Ted Cruz would prohibit funding under the act to any Confucius Institute and restrict funding to any college or university that has a Confucius Institute.
The National Association of Scholars supports this policy change, and we thank Senator Cruz for his leadership on this issue.
Confucius Institutes are centers on college campuses funded and largely staffed by the Chinese government. Our 2017 report, Outsourced to China, found that Confucius Institutes restrict academic freedom and present a whitewashed version of China. Since then, FBI Director Christopher Wray and others have raised concerns that Confucius Institutes may be engaged in espionage.
We call on all colleges and universities to close their Confucius Institutes at once. Senator Cruz’s amendment is a step toward incentivizing colleges and universities to part ways with Confucius Institutes.
The “Outsourced to China” link has the scoop for the interested. Even The Economist doesn’t pull its punches:
China’s decision to rely on Confucius as the standard-bearer of its soft-power projection is an admission that communism lacks pulling power. Long gone are the days when Chairman Mao was idolised by radicals (and even respected by some mainstream academics) on American university campuses. Mao vilified Confucius as a symbol of the backward conservatism of pre-communist China. Now the philosopher, who lived in the 6th century BC, has been recast as a promoter of peace and harmony: just the way President Hu Jintao wants to be seen. Li Changchun, a party boss, described the Confucius Institutes as “an important part of China’s overseas propaganda set-up”.
Well-said, Economist Magazine. None of this has appeared in the lamestream media, of course, but seeing this wariness to Chinese infiltration gives me hope that America, and specifically California, will not fall to the Red Menace. China has a long way to go before its navy gets a celebration lap around San Francisco Bay.
Naturally, I wondered how much the Chicomms have penetrated California’s college system. Stanford:
The Institute sponsors academic conferences and workshops, and presents occasional public lectures and cultural performances open to the public.
Chinese has become the second most popular foreign language at Stanford University. This is evidence of a growing interest among students in Chinese language and culture. To encourage research on the graduate level, each year we will award a fellowship to one to three graduate students currently enrolled in our Chinese program. You can see a list of the Confucius Institute Fellows here.
The Confucius Institute at Stanford University is a partnership between Stanford, Peking University, one of China’s top research universities, and Hanban, an administrative arm of the Ministry of Education in China.
Stanford is partnering directly with the Chinese Ministry of Education? No red flags, heh. I bet the #1 most popular foreign language is Spanish. Or maybe English… too soon?
San Francisco State:
The partner institution in China is Beijing Normal University. CISFSU has devoted every effort to encourage the growth of Chinese language programs in Northern California, and persisted in its commitment to developing and supporting Chinese language teaching, teacher training, and outreach and exchange.
We have developed an activity plan which sets out to establish new courses in Chinese, creating new second language acquisition materials, training Chinese teachers and developing new curricula, developing textbook and teaching resource center, and promoting teaching credential programs. Major activities include Mandarin courses, teacher training programs, Chinese Language Bridge Cup Contests for K-12 Students, Chinese Bridge-Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students, Summer Camps, seminars/conferences, community activities, and cultural events. SF State sees the CI as one of the important strategic opportunities to enhance its Chinese language learning and instruction, reach out to and serve the communities in Northern California and beyond, contribute to its goal of internationalization.
“Outreach and exchange” doesn’t happen with an oppressive gov’t like China without vetting and PC talking points. You don’t need a special report to know that China isn’t doing this to encourage freedom of thought and expression within its borders.
Notice that SFSU wants to integrate Confucius Institute with K-12 education as well as formal gov’t (aka “community”) activities. No wonder it got awarded direct ties to Beijing.
UC Santa Barbara:
Partnering with Shandong University in China, UC Santa Barbara is establishing a Confucius Institute on campus that will be dedicated to teaching and research related to Chinese language, culture and history. …
Joining with Shandong University to create a Confucius Institute seems particularly appropriate given that Confucius himself lived in the province in northeastern China. “It’s a very ancient culture up there,” said Yang. “For much of the 20th century, Confucius was put down by modernizers of China. But more recently, people have wanted to go back to the cultural heritage of Confucius and he’s being taught in the schools and in intellectual research institutes. There is also a renewed interest in Buddhist and Daoist philosophes and religions across all walks of life in China today.”
Also renewed interest in Christianity. I’m sure devout Americans would love to hear about how our religious brothers are faring.
Tell me that quoted paragraph isn’t propaganda. Confucius was put down by “modernizers of China” for “much of the 20th Century”? It was called the Glorious Revolution, comrade, and it was the bloodiest political movement in human history. This is exactly the sort of goodthink that has all those Congressmen and POTUS riled up.
“…China is a very dynamic place today,” Yang said. “And as a professor engaged in teaching about China, I have found that in the United States people don’t know enough about the country. What the media presents is only a partial view.”
Agreed. Our media only presents a whitewashed view. I can’t wait for the Chinese Department of Education to clue us in that Sacramento’s Marxist utopians are a terrible and untrustworthy evil who preach the same failed ideals as Chairman Mao. If China had founded these Confucius Institutes to tell America the truth about Communism then they would not have been received so easily in our overly Communist education system, methinks.