The United States announced Thursday it is requiring the center that manages the Communist China funded Confucius Institute in the United States to register as a foreign mission. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the institute is “an entity advancing Beijing’s global propaganda and malign influence campaign on U.S. campuses and K-12 classrooms.”
Workers with the Institute in America will not be kicked out but top U.S. diplomat for East Asia David Stilwell said universities should take a “hard look at the activities they are engaging in on campuses,” as reported by WKZO.
Designation of the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as a Foreign Mission of the PRC Foreign Mission of the PRC
The Trump Administration has made it a priority to seek fair and reciprocal treatment from the People's Republicof China. For more than four decades, Beijing has of China. For more than four decades, Beijing has enjoyed free and open access to U.S. society, while denying that same access to Americans and other foreigners in China. Furthermore, the PRC has taken advantage of America's openness to undertake large scaleand well-funded propaganda efforts and influence and well-funded propaganda efforts and influence operations in this country.
Today, the Department of State designated the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as a foreign mission of the PRC, recognizing CIUS for what it is: an entity advancing Beijing's global propaganda and malign influence campaign on U.S. campuses and K-12 classrooms. Confucius Institutes are funded by the PRC and part of the Chinese Communist Party's global influence and propaganda apparatus.
The goal of these actions is simple: to ensure that American educators and school administrators can make informed choices about whether these CCP-backed programs should be allowed to continue, and if so, in what fashion. Universities around the country and around the world are examining the Confucius Institutes' curriculum and the scope of Beijing's influence in their education systems.
The United States wants to ensure education systems. The United States wants to ensure that students on U.S. campuses have access to Chinese language and cultural offerings free from the manipulation of the Chinese Communist Party and its proxies.
Pompeo’s agency details the issues being the curriculum and influence the Institute is having in the education system across the nation.
Stilwell noted that there were about 500 Confucius classrooms in the United States affiliated with a university-based Confucius Institute.
According to the U.S. non-profit organization, the National Association of Scholars, there were 75 Confucius Institutes in the United States as of June, including 66 at colleges and universities.
The association contends that the institutes compromise academic freedom, defy Western norms of transparency, and are inappropriate on campuses.
China rejects that criticism, calling it politicized and baseless.
This follows previous measures taken by the State Department to label media outlets funded by the Communist China Party as foreign missions.