According to the CIA, the Chinese Communist Government is using Confucius Institutes at American Universities as foreign influence operations in the United States. UNH still has one.
“Beijing is becoming increasingly aggressive in its aim to exploit America’s academic freedom to instill in the minds of future leaders a pro-China viewpoint,” (Sen. Marco) Rubio said in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon. “Confucius Institutes across the country and my home state of Florida have given China’s communist regime an avenue to covertly influence public opinion and teach half-truths designed to present Chinese history, government or official policy in the most favorable light.”
A law passed in 2018 requires Universities to provide a record of any agreements or contracts they have with the Chinese Government and to make it public.
There are currently an estimated 107 Confucius Institutes in America, according to a list last updated in July by the National Association of Scholars (NAS).
NAS expressed its support in an article last week, calling Cruz’s amendment “a step toward incentivizing colleges and universities to part ways with Confucius Institutes,” though the organization noted that it would prefer if all colleges and universities “close their Confucius Institutes at once.”
It has been more than a year since the CIA guidance was issued.
UNH ignored the suggestion to shut it down and part ways.
If UNH has done the necessary reporting concerning any arrangements between it and the Communist Chinese Government that is not immediately available or easy to find, though I confess, I’m not entirely sure for what I should be looking.
Maybe we have a reader with more time to do some digging?
I’ll keep poking around, but if anyone finds more details, please send them along.