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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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Dem. Intel Chairman: Biden Won’t Openly Support Chinese Anti-Lockdown Protesters To Avoid “Western Plot” Charges

Exiled Chinese dissident urges that the uprising is a “watershed moment” in fight against Communism

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The Democratic chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee claimed Wednesday that Joe Biden and his administration are trying not to openly support anti-lockdown protesters in China too much in order to avoid the Communist government claiming that it’s all a “western plot”.

Appearing on CNN, Mark Warner stated that if the CCP is “able to portray this as kind of an anti-Chinese or western plot, that undermines the very protesters that we’re trying to stand with.”

Warner continued with a word salad, stating “I think there are things that those of us leaders in the Senate and the House have a little bit more flexibility, frankly, than the administration. This — the administration, particularly after the most recent meeting between Xi and Biden, to try to have lower some of the tensions…. we don’t want an active conflict to erupt.”

“I think those of us in the Congress have a little more freedom. And I think we can push the administration, but as you said, we don’t want to feed the propaganda machine that turns these protesters driven by Chinese people into what the overall message would be of the Chinese people,” the Democrat further claimed.

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Warner’s comments come as the Biden White House says it “isn’t taking a side” on the cause of anti-lockdown protests in China, a ‘walking on eggshells’ remark seemingly designed to protect the administration from charges of hypocrisy.

Republicans, including Senator Tom Cotton are pushing for Biden to more strongly support the anti-lockdown protests.

“This is not just some protest on a college campus in America or a European capital,” Cotton noted, adding “These Chinese are protesting the world’s most powerful, dangerous, techno-totalitarian government.”

The Senator further urged that “One reason President Biden should speak in his own voice on camera in support of these brave Chinese protesting their communist government is to prevent another Tiananmen Square Massacre. But also by saying if there is another Tiananmen Square Massacre, if the Chinese communists use force against their own people, there would be massive consequences.”

“China unleashed this plague on the world, including its own people. They have had the counterproductive ‘Zero Covid’ policy for a long time and now they have a dilemma,” Cotton asserted.

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Meanwhile, exiled Chinese dissident Xi Van Fleet told FOX News that the uprising is not only about lockdowns, but about the people finally opposing Communism on the whole.

“This is extraordinary. We’re witnessing a watershed moment,” Van Fleet explained, adding “During the past 75 years, Chinese people put up so much abuse from the totalitarian communist government. But it was the past three years, Xi Jinping’s ‘Zero Covid’ policy that brought people to the breaking point.”

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As we highlighted yesterday, fears of a new Tiananmen Square style crackdown in China have been heightened by footage of tanks being deployed to the streets of major cities as the Communist Party faces massive unrest.

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    Videos: Tanks Deployed On Streets In China Amid Massive Protests

    “Somehow nobody in any newsroom in America noticed when Xi Jinping decided to replay Tiananmen Square”

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    Fears of a new Tiananmen Square style crackdown in China have been heightened by footage of tanks being deployed to the streets of major cities as the Communist Party faces massive unrest.

    Video of tanks was captured in the eastern city of Xuzhou on Monday night:

    Tucker Carlson pondered why the western media on the whole is ignoring the huge protests, and the tanks.

    “Unless you read the Daily Mail, which is an English paper published online, you probably didn’t know that Chinese President Xi Jinping sent tanks into a major city last night to put down protests against his rule,” Carlson noted.

    The host added “Virtually no American media outlets acknowledged that that happened and that’s pretty weird if you think about it. Imagine, for example, that Hungarian leader Viktor Orban put tanks into Budapest to crush his political opponents. Would our media notice? Oh yeah, they would. It would be on the front page of ‘The New York Times.’ Morning Joe would lead with it.”

    Carlson continued, “China is our main global rival, it’s a highly significant place. Yet somehow nobody in any newsroom in America noticed when Xi Jinping decided to replay Tiananmen Square. Didn’t see it even though the pictures were on the internet. How is that possible? Could it be the American news media is covering for the government of China? Can’t say. We’ll let you make the call on that.”

    When asked by a reporter about what the potential consequences for China of a brutal crackdown on protesters would be, the White House Press Secretary responded “I don’t have anything to preview for you at this time.”

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    Beijing Police Checking People’s Phones For Social Media Apps Amid Mass Protests: Report

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    Mass protests against China’s ‘zero-covid’ policy have spread to Hong Kong, after demonstrators on the mainland began demanding that President Xi Jinping resign.

    Around 50 students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong were pictured chanting “No PCR tests but freedom!” and “Opposed dictatorship, don’t be slaves!” while holding up blank pieces of paper – which have become a symbol of protest against China’s clampdown on freedom of expression, according to Axios. The blank paper protests were previously seen during the Hong Kong protests in 2020, and earlier this year during demonstrations against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    Anti-lockdown protests spread throughout several cities over the weekend, including Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan – which were largely muted on Monday after police moved out in force.

    Meanwhile, police in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou have reportedly been checking the phones of random citizens to look for unapproved social media apps. If they found Twitter or Telegram, the personal information would be taken down and the person would receive a warning. Any resistance would be met with a report, according to DW News correspondent William Yang.

    On Monday, a BBC reporter who was arrested over the weekend while covering the protests reported that police were checking people’s phones for photos, and forcing people to delete them (or have them deleted).

    In response to the protests, China’s Foreign Ministry says that the country has been “making adjustments” to Covid protocols “based on realities on the ground.” This follows a statement out of Beijing earlier in the month in which the CCP said they would “unswervingly adhere” to their zero-Covid policy, but would make it less disruptive.

    “We will protect people’s lives and health to the greatest extent and minimize the impact of the epidemic on economic and social development,” said CCP officials, adding “But recent spikes in Covid cases have prompted cities to tighten protocols.”

    On Monday Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that China is actively implementing the 9th version of the pandemic protocols.

    “We believe that, with the leadership of China’s Communist Party and the cooperation and support of all Chinese people, our fight against COVID-19 will be successful,” he told reporters.

    Meanwhile, Apple is helping the CCP:

    This post was originally published at Zero Hedge

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