Price remains right for hosting Chinese propaganda vendor

Friday, May 15, 2020
 | 
Bob Kellogg, Jody Brown (OneNewsNow.com)

Confucius InstituteDespite strained relations between Beijing and the U.S., dozens of colleges and universities are continuing to partner with an entity that has been described as an "important part of China's overseas propaganda setup."

Over the last 15 years, critics have accused the Confucius Institute of stealing research and spreading communist ideology. USA Today reported in 2017 the presence of the Institutes on U.S. campuses began in 2004; and that over the years, some university administrators had warned that the program's close ties to the communist regime in Beijing warrant "serious evaluation."

Justin Danhof, general counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research, laments that to this day many schools are continuing to partner with the Institute because of the millions they receive from it.

Danhof

"In some cases, it's schools that are just doing it for the money," he tells OneNewsNow, "and in some cases, there are schools where surely there's plenty of true believers in the Chinese, communist way of life."

Within a little more than a decade, Confucius Institutes found homes on more than 100 U.S. campuses – among them The George Washington University, the University of Michigan, Tufts University, the University of Kentucky, Portland State University, the University of Iowa, and North Carolina State University, to name a few.

Now Campus Reform reports that in a "rare cross-party coalition," campus-based Republican and Democratic political groups are calling for American universities to close all Confucius Institutes and put an end to what they call "the Chinese government's flagrant attempts to coerce and control discourse" at U.S. universities.

Danhof explains why NCPPR has joined with other conservative organizations in also calling for the remaining Confucius Institutes to be shut down.

"In the midst of this global pandemic, this is intolerable. This should no longer be allowed to continue," he continues. "So, we are specifically calling on President Trump to use the levers of power that he has at the [U.S.] Department of Education to wipe these Confucius Institutes off the face of American campuses."

Last October, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) called for a federal investigation into the Confucius Institutes' influence over American campuses.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Do you agree the virus pandemic has impacted our constitutional rights?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings
Slowly, surely, US houses of worship emerge from lockdown
White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil
Israel’s Netanyahu attacks justice system as trial begins
Desperate Indian girl bikes 745 miles home with disabled dad
Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water cannon at protesters
Taliban, Ghani declare three-day cease fire for Eid holiday

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Sen. Rick Scott: Bill of Rights allows Americans to worship at church service, no matter what gov't leaders say
Will Trump order sanctions on China's president for Hong Kong crackdown?
Beto O’Rourke mocks Texas governor’s reopening message – then hears back from Crenshaw, Cruz
Opinion — Newt Gingrich: On Memorial Day, we have a duty to honor Americans who died defending our country
Trump to attend Wednesday's NASA astronaut launch in Florida

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Liberal public school district drops sex-ed lessons - for now

Texas flagA conservative group that has repeatedly tangled with liberal educators in a Texas public school district reports a victory that will please concerned parents.