(RepublicanDaily.org) – Confucius Institutes, or CIs, are facilities that educate students around the world about Chinese language and culture. Named for China’s most famous philosopher, the institutes have been in existence since 2004. The National Association of Scholars reports that there are currently 50 of them in the US. Now, however, their future could be in doubt.
On Thursday, March 18, Reps. Michelle Park Steel (R-CA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), along with around 20 other lawmakers, sent a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona expressing concerns about the activities of Confucius Institutes on college campuses. In the letter, they point out CIs are largely funded by Hanban, an organization closely associated with the Chinese Ministry of Education.
The letter encourages Cardona to consider looking to Taiwan institutes and teachers for their Mandarin language programs. This way, the letter states, students would receive instruction “in an environment free from censorship or coercion.”
I joined @MarshaBlackburn, @RepSteel and others to ask @SecCardona to look to Taiwan for Mandarin language programs for our colleges as alternatives to Confucius Institutes, which are subject to People’s Republic of China censorship & propaganda. https://t.co/XYlaubrwIf
— Rep. Diana Harshbarger (@RepHarshbarger) April 7, 2021
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is not shy about leveraging the power of propaganda. Our leaders should make every effort to prevent that kind of messaging from taking root in the US.
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