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US Universities Now Shutting Down ‘Arms Of China’s Propaganda Machine’

Confucius Institutes have been used by communist state to infiltrate America.

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Another US university has announced that it is shutting down its Confucius Institute, the organization which is overseen by the Chinese Ministry of Education, amid charges that the ‘cultural exchange’ programs are being used by the communist state to indoctrinate Americans and spread Chinese propaganda.

The University of California-Davis is the latest of a string of Universities to axe the Confucius Institute, after heightened concerns among US officials that China is abusing the program.

Chancellor Gary S. May wrote a letter on April 28 to the Hanban division of China’s Ministry of Education announcing the decision.

“The time has come for us to consider new pathways by building on cultural exchange programs like those our Confucius Institute has fostered,” May wrote.

Speaking to Campus ReformUC-Davis News and Media Relations Specialist Julia Ann Easley said that “The Hanban division of China’s Ministry of Education announced at the annual meeting of the Confucius Institutes in December that there would be a renewed focus on language instruction.”

“The focus of the Confucius Institute at UC Davis has been Chinese food and beverage culture. It has not offered language instruction. Because of this, UC Davis is going to explore other ways of working with international universities.” Easley added.

UC-Davis student Michael Gofman commented that the closure of the program after 7 years is “absolutely a benefit,” because “The Confucius Institute is an arm of the Chinese government’s propaganda machine.”

“The fact that it does dumpling workshops and language training does not change that.” he added.

The stated aim of the Confucius Institutes is to promote Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching internationally, and facilitate cultural exchanges. However, US intelligence agencies have previously labeled the organisations as a national security threat, and many universities have since trashed the programs.

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

The problem extends beyond the US, with European officials also expressing concerns that China is using the programs to infiltrate and spy on other countries. Some nations have outright banned the Chinese from setting up the institutes at their universities.


LONDON, Oct. 22, 2015– Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and British Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, unveil the 1,000th Confucius Classroom, the Confucius Classroom at Hautlieu School, in London, Britain, Oct. 22, 2015. Xi attended the opening ceremony of an annual conference of UK Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms in London on Thursday. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei via Getty Images)


German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and XU Lin (L), Director General of Hanban, Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, stand at the opening event of the Confucius Institute Stralsund in Stralsund, Germany, 30 August 2016. The city of Stralsund is now place of residence of a branch of the Chinese Confucius Insitute.(Photo by Stefan Sauer/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The UC-Davis closure also comes as the US government vows to hold China accountable for withholding information on and profiting from the coronavirus outbreak.

Congressional Republicans have also expressed concerns that China is attempting to hinder US coronavirus research through such infiltration of US universities.

Ranking GOP members across seven House committees delivered a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this week that warns Beijing is indoctrinating American students.

“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.

The Department of Education also instigated 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.

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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Watch: Reporter Tells White House Security Coordinator ‘You Gave A Whole Country to Extremists’

“What did you think was going to happen?”

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White House Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council John Kirby was confronted Tuesday by Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy over the revelation that Al Qaeda has resestablished itself in Afghanistan following the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from the country, handing it back to Taliban extremists.

Doocy first raised the issue of the administration claiming they knew Al Qaeda has a presence in Afghanistan despite Joe Biden’s claim last year that the terrorist organisation was “gone” from the country.

Kirby responded, “They weren’t playing a major role in operations or resourcing or planning in Afghanistan. But Peter, I know specifically because I was at a different podium a year ago and we talked about the fact that al-Qaida had a presence in Afghanistan, but small and not incredibly powerful or potent. And, I think, again without getting into numbers, we would still assess that to be the case.”

Doocy fired back, “So, we know that the Taliban was harboring the world’s most wanted terrorist. You guys gave a whole country to a bunch of people that are on the FBI Most Wanted List, what did you think was going to happen?”

Kirby responded, “I take issue with the premise that we gave a whole country to terrorist groups.”

“They were harboring the world’s number one terrorist, how is that not giving a country to a terrorist-sympathizing group, if not giving them permission to have terrorists just sit on a balcony?”  Doocy replied, referring to the revelation that Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was reportedly killed by drone strike while relaxing in Kabul.

“Are we waiting for some spectacular terrorist attack in the U.S. to then say ‘oh, well there’s terrorists in a safe haven in Afghanistan, now we can go get them,’” Doocy further pressed.

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In an interview the same day, Kirby admitted that Al Qaeda is now using Afghanistan as a “safe haven” again:

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    Must See: Tucker Carlson Blasts Biden For Bragging About Killing Al Qaeda Head

    Terror experts note the fact Al Qaeda is back strong in Afghanistan is Biden’s legacy

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    Fox News host Tucker Carlson took Joe Biden to task for bragging Monday night about killing Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, noting that Biden really has no right to boast about anything to do with Afghanistan.

    “It takes a lot of brass to brag about Afghanistan, or even mention the word,” Carlson urged, comparing Biden’s botched withdrawal from the country to the Monica Lewinsky scandal for Bill Clinton.

    “His withdrawal from that country almost a year ago was the single most humiliating moment in American foreign policy since the fall of Saigon in April 1975,” Carlson added.

    The host further asserted that Biden’s actions “seemed designed to inflict maximum damage to the interests of the United States.”

    Referring to the killing of the man who took over from Osama Bin Laden, Carlson asked viewers if they “Feel safer?” adding “Of course, you don’t. Nobody does.”

    “The reason nobody feels safer is Biden’s response to the disaster in Afghanistan,” he continued.

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    Meanwhile, others, including counter terrorism experts, noted that the fact al-Zawahiri and Al Qaeda are even in Afghanistan now, and in Kabul rather than some cave in the south, is directly because of the botched withdrawal.

    Biden declared last year that Al Qaeda was “gone” from Afghanistan.

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    Putin Blasts “Globalist” World Order as “Totalitarian”

    “Holding back creative pursuit.”

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted earlier today that the “globalist” world order is “totalitarian” and is “holding back creative pursuit.”

    Putin made the comments during a forum in Moscow.

    The notorious leader claimed that the west had only achieved its global preeminence due to the historic plunder of other nations and had no moral right to enforce a unipolar model on the planet.

    “The model of the total dominance of the so-called ‘golden billion’ is unjust. Why should this ‘golden billion’ among the planet’s population dominate others, impose its own rules of conduct?” Putin asked.

    “Based on the illusion of ‘exclusivity,’ this model divides people into first and second class status, and is therefore racist and neo-colonial in its essence,” he added.

    “And the globalist, supposedly liberal ideology which underlies it is increasingly acquiring the features of totalitarianism, holding back creative pursuit, free historical creation,” Putin claimed.

    The Russian President went on to stress his view that the globalist world order was built off the exploitation of other countries.

    “Of course, this ‘golden billion’ did not become ‘golden’ by accident. It has achieved a lot. But it did not only take up its positions thanks to the realization of some ideas, but to a large extent due to the robbery of other peoples – both in Asia and Africa. That’s what happened.”

    He then proclaimed that western elites are terrified that their global order is being dismantled.

    “No matter how much Western and so-called supranational elites strive to preserve the existing order of things, a new era is coming, a new stage in world history. And only truly sovereign states can ensure high dynamics for growth and become an example for others,” said Putin.

    As we have previously highlighted, Putin has consistently blamed the west for its own downfall.

    Back in March, he gave a speech in which he blamed the ‘western ruling elite’ for creating the economic hardships impacting people in Europe and the United States.

    Last year, the controversial strongman blasted the west as “completely insane” for allowing children to be taught there is no biological sex, saying the woke crusade against traditional gender roles was “subverting human nature.”

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