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Confucius Institutes fall victim to politics

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16.08.2018

The University of North Florida has just announced it is closing its Confucius Institute, following a similar decision by Texas A&M University in April.

Meanwhile, tucked away in the US$716 billion John McCain National Defence Authorisation Act, just signed into law, is a provision barring any American university from using Pentagon resources for programmes involving Confucius Institutes.

If some US politicians such as Florida Senator Marco Rubio are to be believed, the institutes are there to spread Chinese communist propaganda, subvert academic freedom and free speech on American campuses, silence China critics and recruit spies.

Similar allegations have been made by Michel Juneau-Katsuya, a former head of the Asia-Pacific division of the Canadian Security Intelligence Services. But such people........

© South China Morning Post