College students easily trusting communist China above President Donald Trump and United States intelligence quickly changed gears after they were presented with the cold, hard, disturbing facts about the nation’s failed, godless and oppressive system of government.
Having been indoctrinated through the communist Confucius Institute and the progressive education system – not to mention the mainstream media and entertainment industry – students have become champions of socialism, communism and atheistic worldviews, leading to an anti-American sentiment and a new breed of so-called “social justice warriors.”
“Since college students these days seemed inclined to attach all manner of negativity toward President Donald Trump and his administration, one might not find it terribly surprising that a number of students actually said they trust the communist government of China more than the Trump administration – at least in one respect,” TheBlaze reported.
Inviting communism from overseas …
Much like America’s public education system has invited the Islamic terrorist-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to infiltrate public schools and indoctrinate youth in the name of creasing cultural familiarity and fighting so-called “Islamophobia,” colleges across America have invited Chinese-government-funded Confucius centers to breed communist sympathizers and advocates.
And just as U.S. government agencies have distanced themselves with CAIR and designated it as a group rooted in terrorism and supporting jihadist groups, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) released a report in recent years recognizing the Confucius Institute as a national security threat.
Communism or capitalism?
With the newly surfaced U.S. trade war over tariffs with China, a closer look into the battle for the allegiance of students on American college campuses was recently launched by the conservative group Campus Reform, which asked students who they trusted more – the communist Chinese government or the capitalist Trump administration.
"I side with the Chinese..." was a common answer received by Campus Reform Media Director Cabot Phillips.
This is considered very concerning as Confucius Institute centers strategically located at America’s academic institutions have been recognized as having the ability of serving as “spying centers” – especially taking to light CIA Director Christopher Wray’s observation about the Chinese group.
“[Confucius Institutes] exploit the very open research and development environment that we have,” Wray pointed out, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Despite this public knowledge about the group, nearly 100 of these them are still indoctrinating impressionable college students on American campuses from coast to coast, and employing tactics similar to CAIR’s Trojan Horse of Islamophobia to infiltrate campuses, Confucius Institutes use the façade of ancient teachings of wisdom to secure and maintain their invitations on U.S. campuses.
“While the Chinese government maintains that the 91 Confucius Institutes still present on campuses around the country are focused solely on teaching Mandarin and spreading Chinese culture, the Trump administration – as well as senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) – maintain that the centers are propaganda centers for the Chinese Communist Party,” Phillips informed.
Weeding out the problem or just trimming the hedges?
After 5 years of warnings, it appears the communist propaganda machines at work in many of America’s top universities are not going anywhere anytime soon.
“The 2018 annual report from North Carolina State’s CI estimates that the institute has served more than 35,000 individuals – including more than 12,000 NC State students – with Chinese language courses, and that more than 920,000 people have attended Chinese cultural events over the institute’s 12-year history,” Inside Higher Ed recounted.
And only a handful of colleges have heeded the warning.
“At least 10 American universities have moved to close their Confucius Institutes in the past year as political pressures over the Chinese government-funded institutions for language and culture education have intensified,” Inside Higher Ed’s Elizabeth Redden noted.
Despite their controversial nature, Americans from young children through adulthood have experienced what some consider “Communism 101” in schools via Confucius Institutes.
“The centers vary somewhat across different campuses, but they typically offer some combination of Mandarin language classes, cultural programming and outreach to K-12 schools and the community more broadly,” Redden added. “They are staffed in part with visiting teachers from China and funded by the Chinese government, with matching resources provided by the host institution. The number of U.S. universities hosting the institutes increased rapidly after the first was established at the University of Maryland College Park in 2004 – growing to more than 90 at the peak.”
Red flags have been raised, but many so not see the group as a serious threat.
“In earlier years the main criticism of CIs, as the institutions are known, came from professors and centered on concerns about academic freedom and institutional autonomy. Concerns about the importation of Chinese state censorship – as in the case of the reported censorship of materials at a Confucius Institute-sponsored conference in Europe in 2014 – dominated the conversation,” Redden recounted. “Emblematic of this strain of criticism, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) issued a report in 2014 urging colleges to close their CIs or renegotiate the agreement to ensure academic freedom and control.”
The AAUP report asserted that the group posed a real threat.
"Most agreements establishing Confucius Institutes feature nondisclosure clauses and unacceptable concessions to the political aims and practices of the government of China,” the AAUP report stated. “Specifically, North American universities permit Confucius Institutes to advance a state agenda in the recruitment and control of academic staff, in the choice of curriculum, and in the restriction of debate."
Over a dozen universities still continue to raise a huge warning flag.
“Of particular concern … are 13 universities that have Confucius Institutes and conduct top-secret Pentagon research, including Arizona State, Auburn, Purdue, Stanford, and the University of Washington,“ TheBlaze’s Dave Urbanski noted.
Communist indoctrination still alive and well
To see the extent of the communist program’s influence on impressionable young minds, Phillips went to the home of one of the remaining 91 remaining Confucius Institutes at the University of Maryland – finding out whether students put more trust in the Chinese government or the Trump administration and the U.S. intelligence community.
“It soon became clear that students were quick to trust the Chinese government’s explanation over the concerns of the Trump administration and U.S. intelligence agencies,” Phillips revealed.
One undiscerning student did not associate communist regimes such as China’s with propaganda.
“I side with the Chinese,” a student answered Phillips. “I don’t think it’s propaganda,”
Another student relied on the mainstream media’s “fake news” and the Democratic Party’s anti- Trump impeachment campaign to form a stance on the matter.
“I don’t know anything about the Chinese government to know if they have a reputation for honesty or dishonesty, but I know enough about Trump to know he has a reputation for dishonesty, so I wouldn't trust him,” the UM undergrad expressed. “I think I'd do independent research.”
A number of students went on the offensive and attacked Trump using the race card often tapped by the left to forward its social justice narrative and agenda.
“[The push to remove the Confucius centers from campus is] racist,” a student replied to Phillips – echoing the sentiments of many other colleagues on the matter. “The Trump administration is very, like, anti-intellectual, very anti-university – like calling them liberal propaganda machines – so it’s not only a racist attack, but it’s also an anti-intellectual attack.”
Philips went on to note how students’ attitudes towards the Chinese and U.S. governments would quickly change once they were taught any historical facts about the oppressive communist government in China.
“What would students say when I asked how they could trust a government that imprisons its own people by the millions and denies basic human rights?” Phillips posed.
The young Maryland scholars were caught off guard when Phillips informed them about the Chinese government’s numerous and extensively documented human rights violations of incarcerating millions of its citizens and persecuting them for their religious beliefs – not to mention Chinese authorities’ reproach for the freedom of speech.
After hearing this, one student discretely attempted to switch gears.
“I didn’t say I would like to trust them,” a conflicted student responded.
Once the anti-Trump student bashing the president as “anti-intellectual” was enlightened about communist China’s troubling track record, she became silent for more than 10 seconds and then mustered a dejected, “I’m not sure.”
More second-guessing the Chinese government surfaced after students were presented with the facts.
"Uh, that's a tough question,” another student replied after being asked about which government was to be trusted. “I wouldn't even know how to answer it, but, um, yeah, I'm not 100 percent sure about that."