GOP Senators Introduce Bill Targeting Communist China’s Influence at American CollegesEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

A group of Republican senators have introduced legislation aimed at blunting the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) ideological infiltration on American college campuses. For years, the CCP has promoted language centers known as Confucius Institutes at universities around the world as part of a campaign to expand its global influence. But they have increasingly met with blowback over concerns about their role in exporting CCP propaganda and the stifling teaching style in communist China that does not recognize academic freedom. Confucius Institutes are funded, controlled, and mostly staffed by Hanban, an office within the Chinese Ministry of Education, according to a 2019 U.S. Senate subcommittee on investigations report (pdf). Many of Hanban’s partnership arrangements with U.S. host universities are confidential and are thus shielded from outside scrutiny, the report said. There are currently around 50 institutes in the United States, according to the National Association of Scholars (NAS). Lawmakers, led by Senator Marsha Blackburn …Read More

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