Since 2004, the Chinese government has planted Confucius Institutes that offer Chinese language and culture courses at colleges and universities around the world—including more than 100 in the United States. These Institutes avoid Chinese political history and human rights abuses, portray Taiwan and Tibet as undisputed territories of China, and educate a generation of American students to know nothing more of China than the regime’s official history. This is a study of the 12 Confucius Institutes in New York and New Jersey. It examines China’s soft power influence in American higher education and reveals new data on China’s funding, hiring, and academic freedom policies.
Confucius Institutes—which present themselves as exemplars of cultural exchange with the U.S., but in reality allow China to monitor American professors, pressure universities, and seek out opportunities for academic espionage—have had a large role in Chinese attempts to influence U.S. institutions. The National Association of Scholars has had a similarly large role in shutting them down.
Professor Zu-yan Chen and Rachelle Peterson discuss NAS's report on Confucius Institutes.
Following questions from Senator Marco Rubio, the University of North Florida becomes the ninth US university to close a Confucius Institute.
GMU's Confucius Institute has many strings attached and deserves to be added to the list of gifts being investigated by the GMU president.
NAS congratulates Texas A&M University on the decision to close its Confucius Institute after receiving a bipartisan letter from two Texas Congressmen.
A thorough analysis of the recent Confucius Institute event held in Washington, D.C.
James A. Stever, Professor Emeritus at the University of Cincinnati, discusses the potential dangers of foreign institutes such as the Confucius Institute.
A Missouri congressman asks colleges in his state to reconsider their arrangements with the Chinese government.