In a surprise from what has otherwise been a soft-on-China President Joe Biden, his nominee for CIA director last week outlined the dangers to the United States from its Asian adversary, and called for the closures of educational centers at American universities that are funded and controlled by the communist government.
The strong comments came from William Burns, a former diplomat to Russia who testified in his confirmation hearing that he considered the presence of Confucius Institutes – which remain at several dozen U.S. colleges and in a few K-12 classrooms – a threat to the country.
“I think what the Confucius Institutes do, and I’m no expert on them, is to promote a narrative of Xi Jinping’s China, which is designed to build sympathy for what is, in my view, a quite aggressive leadership, which is engaged in conduct and conducted an adversarial approach … Read More ➡
And then there’s his move to erase requirements for transparency about Chinese influence on America’s students in K-12 and college institutions. Last week Biden’s Department of Homeland Security rescinded a proposed rule, initiated at the end of December by the Trump administration, to require U.S. schools to disclose their ties to China-funded or –controlled organizations on their campuses.
Sino influence on our nation’s young people gained a foothold with the establishment of Confucius Institutes at many U.S. universities, as well as Confucius Classrooms for pre-college learners. The programs, funded by the Chinese government, are promoted as vehicles to teach about the nation’s culture and language, but are used as propaganda to … Read More ➡