Dozens of universities, including Columbia and Stanford, are hosting the Chinese government-funded Confucius Institute despite increasing scrutiny from the federal government.
Many elite universities with Confucius Institute programs appear to be unfazed by the Trump administration's decision last week to designate the D.C-based headquarters of the program as a "foreign mission"—a label the U.S. government applies to entities it finds to be directly controlled by a foreign power. Despite the announcement, nearly 50 colleges and universities will continue their partnership with Confucius Institute programs, which comes with up to $1 million in Chinese government funding.
"I am pleased that some universities … have recognized the harm Confucius Institutes cause to higher learning," Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.), a consistent critic of the Confucius Institute in Congress, said. "However, our work here is not done until every Confucius Institute is closed, even if they present themselves under another name or through another branch of the Hanban, and we must stay vigilant and flexible to keep up with Chinese tactics."
SCMP: What US Confucius Institute move means for Chinese soft power— Patricia M Thornton (@PM_Thornton) August 23, 2020
The institute’s problems go beyond the US, which has branded them ‘foreign missions’ for #China. They are also under scrutiny in #Australia, #India and beyond https://t.co/Wz17a3QQrP via @scmpnews
We didn’t declare the new Cold War, but we must win it https://t.co/zzUXq5pb1P— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 22, 2020
China’s Thousand Talents Plan recruits foreign researchers, including Americans, and offers monetary incentives to hand their research over to Beijing. We need to stop the #CCP’s systematic campaign to steal their way to the top.https://t.co/gU2J7rtwYI— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) August 20, 2020
Pompeo Declares Confucius Institute Part of Beijing’s ‘Propaganda Apparatus,’ Applies ‘Foreign Mission’ Designation https://t.co/GdFHI4vcka@CIA @SecPompeo @realDonaldTrump @POTUS @LaraLeaTrump @DonaldJTrumpJr @IvankaTrump @Jared @stevenmnuchin1 @DavidMalpassWBG— RealPro (@RealPro4Real) August 20, 2020
Last week, the U.S. designated the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as a foreign mission. This designation will improve transparency and help universities make more informed choices about Beijing-backed programs operating on their campuses. ⬇️⬇️https://t.co/redTTelhk6— U.S. Mission to the EU (@US2EU) August 20, 2020
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Confucius Institute, and those around the nation, face criticism and scrutiny for their ties to China. https://t.co/s8jsMDXdJ7— Omaha World-Herald (@OWHnews) August 23, 2020
#MorningJoe #CommunistChina's #ConfuciusInstitute's millions were given to American #Colleges, doubling in each of the last three years! What could go wrong? https://t.co/JELC7AqaR5 @JoeConchaTV @jaazee1 @catturd2 @TuckerCarlson @GordonGChang @Brooklyn__Girl @595sparky @Timcast— cliffy (@bcliff1111) August 24, 2020