More universities dump Confucius Institutes

December 20, 2018

The tide is turning against  the Chinese government’s efforts at thought control through its controversial Confucius Institutes with two more American universities dumping the Chinese Communist Party Government-funded propaganda units.

The Conservative Party has called for a royal commission into Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia but the Morrison government has rejected those calls.

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North Carolina State University and the University of Rhode Island have both pulled the plug on their Confucius Institutes after the University of Michigan announced it was ending its Confucius contract earlier this month.

There are more than 100 Confucius Institutes on college campuses throughout the United States. The organisation says their mission is to promote Chinese language and culture.

But the institutes have come onto the FBI's radar over concerns that China is stifling academic freedom in the U.S.

Last week during testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Bill Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, told senators "there is across-the-board agreement that these institutes do not serve freedom of expression and freedom of inquiry."

"The Confucius Institutes are a Chinese Communist Party Government-funded cultural institute; that means they are ultimately beholden to the Chinese government," Priestap said. "There have been instances around the world where those institutes have quashed free speech."

It appears that interest in hosting Confucius Institutes has peaked and is now receding as public scrutiny exposes their true nature.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has told 3AW's Steve Price, Confucius Institutes are not the only reason he's called for a royal commission into Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia.

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