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GOP: China Has Infiltrated US Higher Education To Impede Coronavirus Research

Congressional Republicans claim China is spreading communist propaganda through US universities.

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Congressional Republicans are accusing China of attempting to hinder US coronavirus research by infiltrating US universities and spreading communist propaganda.

Reuters reports that ranking GOP members across seven House committees have delivered a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that warns Beijing is indoctrinating American students.

The letter was signed by Congressman Jim Jordan, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight committee, as well as by members on the Homeland Security, Science, Armed Services, Education and Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees.

The letter requests that DeVos provide more information pertaining to the allegations against China, including all documents related to schools that have accepted funds from China, as well as details of any investigations into colleges and education officials who may have accepted “gifts” from the communist state.

“We write to seek a better understanding of the Department’s efforts to address unreported foreign direct investment into the U.S. higher education system,” the letter reads.

“We have been concerned about the potential for the Chinese government to use its strategic investments to turn American college campuses into indoctrination platforms for American students,” the congressmen further write.

“China has strategically invested in U.S. academia to attempt to steal confidential information and technology from U.S. companies, and even the U.S. government,” the lawmakers state in the letter, pointing to a 2018 report from the Hoover Institution identifying upwards of 110 Confucius Institutes operating on American colleges to facilitate China’s espionage and theft of intellectual property.

They add that “Besides China peddling money for influence in U.S. institutions of higher education (IHE), China is restricting any research regarding the origins of COVID-19 that does not comport with CCP propaganda.”

These actions “bring into question whether U.S. [institutes of higher education] receiving federal taxpayer dollars should be allowed to accept funds from China, the CCP, or other affiliated organizations,” the letter concludes.

Commenting on the letter, Rep. Jim Jordan said “We cannot allow a dangerous communist regime to buy access to our institutions of higher education, plain and simple.”

“The Chinese Communist Party’s cover-up of the early outbreak of the coronavirus immeasurably worsened this disease’s impact on the United States and the world.” Jordan urged, adding that “We owe it to the American people to hold China accountable and to prevent them from doing further harm to our country.”

The suspicions of Chinese infiltration of US higher education pre-dates the coronavirus crisis, with the Department of Education instigating an investigation into several universities last year to determine if they had failed to disclose foreign funding.

In February, the department announced it has uncovered $6.5 billion so far in undisclosed foreign funding from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, China and Russia. The investigation has since been expanded to include Harvard and Yale.

The FBI has previously issued warnings regarding China investing in American higher education to steal sensitive information, primarily via access through federal grants.

In January, the Department of Justice also arrested a professor at Harvard, as well as two Chinese nationals for reportedly acting as foreign agents.

Last year President Donald Trump signed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act which proposed an ultimatum to universities receiving financial assistance from the Pentagon: close the Chinese propaganda center on campus or lose funding. Since that time, at least 49 schools have closed their Confucius Institute, according to Human Rights Watch.

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Video: CNN’s Tapper Tries And Fails To Get British PM To Trash America

“America is the greatest global guarantor of democracy and freedom.”

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CNN’s Jake Tapper acted shocked when British Prime Minster Boris Johnson refused to agree that U.S. “democracy is on life support,” with Johnson instead insisting that America is actually “a shining city on a hill.”

In the interview from the G7 gathering aired Sunday, Tapper stated “When I talk to friends in Canada, the U.K., Australia and elsewhere, people express concern about the United States.”

The host continued, “in terms of our ability and our institutions to thrive and continue, after what happened with the election of 2020… They’re worried that democracy is on life support in the United States.”

Tapper ignored the fact that Australia has been subject to scores of government lockdowns and severe health restrictions for going on three years, and Canada is led by Justin Trudeau who recently attempted to restrict protest and dispatched goon squads to physically assault freedom convoys, which he described as hateful and racist.

“Are you worried at all?” Tapper asked prompting Johnson, who was born in New York, to quickly reply “No.”

“I want to say this to the people of the United States. I’m not,” Johnson further noted, explaining “I think that — I just get back to the — what I have been trying to say to you throughout this interview. I think that reports of the death of democracy in the United States are grossly, grossly exaggerated.”

“America is a shining city on a hill,” Johnson asserted, adding “I don’t believe that American democracy is under serious threat, far from it,” further stating “I continue to believe that America is the greatest global guarantor of democracy and freedom.”

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    Videos: Antifa Thugs Shout “You’re Gonna DIE” At Women’s Rights Activists

    Then claim they were peaceful and ‘non-violent’

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    Antifa extremists showed up at a women’s rights protest in Bristol, England over the weekend and yelled obscenities and threats at women speaking out against those pushing gender ideology on children and a whole range of other issues.

    The masked thugs dressed in antifa garb had to be restrained by police as they attempted to disrupt speeches and events at the “Let Women Speak” gathering.

    Footage shows the thugs yelling “you’re gonna die out” and calling the women “transphobic fascists,” while ironically lecturing them that they should “look after your children.”

    Journalist Andy Ngo also exposed how the thugs planned to attack the women and throw them into the nearby harbour.

    The rights group is now trending on social media following the confrontation.

    Despite their clear threatening and vile harassment, Antifa chicken necks claimed that their ‘counter protest’ was an example of ‘non-violent opposition’:

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    A Chilling Development in Brazil

    The logical conclusion of ‘disinformation’ hysteria.

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    An electoral court in Brazil has said it will strip election winners of office, including the president, if they are deemed to have shared “disinformation” during the campaign.

    Who decides what’s “disinformation”?

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