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Confucius Institutes – Beijing’s control in Australian Universities: Part 7

Confucius Institutes – Beijing’s control in Australian Universities

Series: Globalization in the time of Corona PART 7

Confucius Institutes

Beijing’s control in Australian Universities

Australian Universities have, for several years, been suspected of offering an ‘open-portal’ for foreign infiltration, influence and intellectual property theft.   In fact, it appears in some instances,  that taxpayer funded universities have acted with apparent disregard to national security.

Until the CCP’s global coronavirus was unleashed on the world, Confucius Institutes in Australian Universities were not topics of public debate or concern. While we recognize the importance of educating students to understand other cultures and learn foreign languages, we also must prepare them for life’s challenges, realities and opportunities through education –  not indoctrination!  

Recently the University of Queensland received intense media attention due to Drew Pavlou protesting against China’s overt influence on campus.

UQ student-activist Drew Pavlou staged a peaceful rally in July 2019, in opposition to the human rights abuses of the CCP. His universities’ close ties to China, their over-reliance on Chinese overseas students and UQ’s Vice Chancellor Peter Hoj’s appointment to the Confucius Institute Chinese head body – Hanban, all contributed to his concerns.  What transpired has exposed evidence beyond reasonable doubt of Chinese foreign interference in our higher education sector.

Confucius Institutes in Australian Universities are undoubtebly at the forefront of Chinese interference and indoctrination.

We take a closer look behind the scenes of Confucius Institutes. What we found should concern us all!

 Part 7 includes:

7:0          What are Confucius Institutes (CI) ?
7:1          Why is the Government concerned?
7:2          What do the CI agreements include?
7:3          How runs Confucius Institutes?
7:4          Taxpayer funded grants taken offshore
7:5          China’s political reach inside Australian Universities
7:6          China’s watchdogs on campus – CSSA
7:7          Who are the Go8?
7:8          Remedies to restore freedoms and protect national security      

7:0 What are Confucius Institutes?

According to Hanban’s ( the CCP’s State Department managing education) website, Confucius Institutes:   “ Have provided scope for people all over the world to learn about Chinese language and culture.

The usual process for establishing a Confucius Institute involves Chinese and Australian universities jointly applying to Hanban. If approved, Hanban and the Australian university provide equal funding.  Hanban provides start-up funding, annual funding of US$100,000, teaching material and teaching staff. The Australian university provides office space and a director. (1)

Confucius Institutes are established on five-year contracts, which can be renewed. All Confucius Institutes teach Chinese language and culture but the nature of what they offer may vary. Language courses may focus on everyday Chinese, such as those at the University of Sydney’s Confucius Institute, or business Chinese, such as those at the University of Melbourne’s Confucius Institute. The culture courses may vary from calligraphy to cooking to tai chi.

Confucius Institute curricula focuses exclusively on the positive aspects of China, through a sanitized version of Chinese history, ‘telling China’s story well to the world’ and generally avoiding politics. Sensitive political topics such as the Tiananmen Square massacre, Taiwan, Hong Kong’s independence, the South China Sea,  or the issue of Tibet – are all ‘off limits’.

Universities looking to expand their research capabilities and global rankings look for increasing numbers of high fee-paying Chinese students, which often requires them to promote a positive view of the Chinese Communist Party. They must overlook China’s human rights abuses and, in some cases, allow the Chinese Government department Hanban, to create other ‘course content’ on campus.

An example is the University of Queensland, where the Chinese Government has co-funded at least four courses – including one on China’s role in “strengthening” responses to global security challenges such as human rights, mass atrocities prevention and counter-terrorism”. (2)

Such is the financial dependence of many Australian universities on overseas student money, that when the Federal Government announced border closures with China on 1 February 2020, universities were the first to complain. Using taxpayer funds, the universities offered Chinese students a fully paid 14-day holiday in a third nation, to circumvent the government’s new legislation and facilitate entry for their high-fee paying Chinese students. While not breaking any law – their move was immoral and highlighted a flawed financial model dependent on overseas funds – coupled with a lack of concern for the nation.  These actions don’t pass the pub test!  Now they are calling for an ‘industry assistance package’ to fill their anticipated $16 billion revenue loss due to COVID-19 (3)

Worth noting is that Australian taxpayer funded universities have not reduced salaries or laid-off staff to manage revenue-loss from overseas students. At the same time, however, the  private sector who fund universities has suffered job losses, business closures and mounting debt.

Many of the same universities that rely heavily on overseas students host Chinese-Communist-Party-funded ‘Confucius Institutes’ on campus. 

One university seemingly exposed their loyalties to China when appointing Brisbane-based Chinese Consul Dr. Xu Jie  as an Adjunct Professor. This same person applauded the on-campus violence from Chinese students loyal to the ‘mother-land’ against student activist, Drew Pavlou last year (2019).  Dr Jie is now being sued by Pavlou because of death threats levelled against himself and his family – but more on this later! (4)

Our research has found fourteen Confucius Institutes located in thirteen Australian universities. (NB: There are more embedded in Australia schools) Several of the following universities have been embroiled in questionable behavior, national security leaks and withholding important information from the Government.

  1. Queensland University of Technology
  2. Griffith University
  3. University of Queensland
  4. University of New South Wales
  5. University of Newcastle
  6. University of Sydney
  7. Charles Darwin University
  8. University of Adelaide
  9. La Trobe University
  10. RMIT
  11. University of Melbourne
  12. Victoria University
  13. University of Western Australia

7:1 Why is the Government (and others) concerned?

This question is at the very heart of this article and the answer lies in the fact that Australia’s top universities could be aiding the Chinese Communist Party’s mission to develop mass surveillance and military technologies. This concern comes from Australian intelligence agencies who believe Australian universities are putting national security at risk.  Collaboration between Australian Universities and students  close to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) or People’s Liberation Army ( PLA) has exposed this nation to unacceptable risks.

A good example is the collaboration between several Australian Universities and the majority Chinese Government owned tech-company GTCOM who has boasted of being able to mine data in 65 languages at a rate of 16,000 words per second from websites and social media.  Senior Australian security officials told a Four Corners inquiry that the company’s activities are evidence that Beijing is running a global espionage operation through technology companies. (5)

After a major security breach at the Australian National University early 2019, new guidelines were put in place to help Australian universities protect themselves against foreign interference.

These provisions followed concerns that foreign groups or governments, such as the government of China, may have been seeking to instigate campus activities that were against Australia’s interests.

Professor John Fitzgerald, who served as a chair on DFAT’s Australia-China Council, said Chinese companies were capitalizing on Australia’s science and technology expertise“Australia’s science and technology priorities are being set by the Chinese Government because we enter into collaborations that have really been designed to support China’s goals, not ours. Many universities are very happy to proceed with whatever it is … because of the money and prestige involved” he said.

  • Leading Australian universities have research collaborations with Chinese companies that have been blacklisted by the US
  • Australian security officials warn that joint research could compromise national security
  • Global data-mining company GTCOM is majority owned by the Chinese Government and boasts links to Australian universities
  • Excessive administration salaries and overly optimistic expansion plans have made universities heavily dependent on overseas money
  • Research findings at taxpayer-funded Australian universities have been taken offshore to benefit other nations

Government backbenchers have long warned that Australian Universities are too reliant on international students, and are not doing enough to combat China’s influence.  Their comments followed pro-Beijing rallies staged in several Australian cities against Hong Kong’s democracy movement rallies which were praised by Chinese Government-controlled media, just days after Liberal MP and ‘China Hawk’ Andrew Hastie, warned about China’s activities.

Education Minister, Dan Tehan

Dan Tehan

Education Minister, Dan Tehan,  said while Australia had strong research partnerships with countries such as China, he feared universities ‘were at risk of becoming complacent about the threats they faced’. (6)

Professor Clive Hamilton of Charles Sturt University commented in this video that universities ( especially UNSW) are so entwined both personally, professionally and economically with Beijing they have lost the ability to think logically.

In a recent article in the Australian by Peter Jennings –  Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and a former Deputy Secretary for Strategy in the Department of Defence, entitled “ The Parties over for the bullies of Beijing’

Such is the level of involvement and interference by Chinese authorities, that  Australian Universities must now diversify and rethink their business model. A greater challenge will be to review and reduce the many hundreds of research connections between Australian and Chinese institutions!  Jennings said. (7)

Another academic, Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs, said that “ Confucius Institutes should not be allowed to operate on Australian campuses and schools. “They (CI’s) are not consistent with our values of freedom and free inquiry on our university campuses. There’s a crisis on university campuses when it comes to foreign interference, and the CI is one of the primary ways in which that is happening … the money comes with strings attached.” Wild said.   He added that the West opened up to China on the premise that “ China would become more like the West and embrace policies such as freedom and civil liberties. What’s happening is that the West is becoming more like China. China is actually changing us,” Wild said. (8)

Concerns that the Chinese Communist Party has infiltrated university campuses, prompted the creation of a new Federal Government taskforce.

Parliament houseIn August 2019, Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan announced this taskforce would be a collaboration between government, security agencies and the university sector.   It  would look at foreign interference in the nation’s education sector, assess cybersecurity and the theft of research and intellectual property. (9)

Foreign-interference threats against Australia, including its universities, had reached “unprecedented levels”, he said, but gave no further details. (10)

Confucius Institutes and the Chinese Student and Scholars Association (CSSA – more on this group below) on  Australian university campuses, are now deemed the most likely source of ‘foreign influence and interference’ in our higher education sector.  

  • Federal authorities have long warned of the threat – so why has this been allowed to continue? 

7:2  What do the CI agreements include?

Australian universities hosting Chinese government-funded Confucius Institute education centres  have signed agreements explicitly stating they must comply with Beijing’s decision-making authority over teaching at the facilities. (11)

Eleven previously undisclosed contracts between the universities and Hanban (the Beijing-based headquarters that funds and oversees the global network of Confucius Institutes) sheds light on the different approaches taken to safeguarding academic freedom and autonomy.

  • The University of Queensland is among the Australian universities that struck Confucius Institute agreements saying they must accept Chinese government authority over them. A spokeswoman for UQ said their Confucius Institute contract was renegotiated in 2014. Changes in the new contract included explicit commitments to university autonomy over all content, standards, admissions, examinations, staffing and academic freedom in connection with the Confucius Institute and all courses and projects it offered. Was this a realization by UQ, they had lost control of content?
  • Confucius Institute agreements signed by the University of Queensland, Griffith University, La Trobe University and Charles Darwin University state in identical clauses that they “must accept the assessment of the [Confucius Institute] Headquarters on the teaching quality” at their centres. The wording, which does not place any qualifications on Hanban’s overriding authority, appears to hand Beijing more control than versions signed by other universities and creates concerns about the Chinese Communist Party’s increasing influence on Australian campuses.
  • A spokesman for Griffith University said the Confucius Institute was not involved in delivering formal academic qualifications and was instead “focused on offering cultural and language programs for our local communities” under the direction of a senior university academic.
  • A spokeswoman for La Trobe University said its Confucius Institute “does not engage in management of any award courses of the university or in other academic endeavors of the university and so there is no impact on academic autonomy and independence”.
  • A spokeswoman for Charles Darwin University said the university was satisfied with its Confucius Institute because it “does not have a direct role in any academic certification” awarded by the university.
  • Victoria University’s Confucius Institute agreement says they must accept Hanban’s assessment on teaching quality but adds that, “if the teaching relates to a Victoria University award course, the teaching quality must also satisfy Victoria University’s requirements”.
  • The University of Melbourne’s Confucius Institute agreement states only that its facility “must take into consideration any assessment by the Headquarters on the teaching quality at the Institute”.
  • The University of Sydney’s Confucius Institute agreement stipulates it must accept Hanban’s assessment of the quality of teaching “unless it is inconsistent with the university’s academic rules, policies and procedures”.
  • The University of Western Australia’s Confucius Institute agreement states that it has “the right to determine the content of the curriculum and the manner of instruction for all programs administered by the Institute at UWA” while Hanban “ultimately has the right to determine the programs to which it provides funding”.
  • The Confucius Institute contracts signed by QUT and the University of Newcastle similarly state the universities’ control over content and instruction’ while Hanban has discretion over its funding.
  • UNSW’s Confucius Institute agreement is unique. It does not have a relevant clause clarifying where authority sits.

John Fitzgerald, an emeritus professor at Swinburne University of Technology and leading expert on Chinese politics, said the clauses on teaching quality assessments could place universities in breach of higher education standards if they related to the awarding of degrees.   “Even if they are not in breach of the standards, accepting foreign government assessments of Australian university teaching programs is hardly a good look,” he said.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age obtained the contracts governing eleven of the 13 institutes at Australian universities. RMIT and the University of Adelaide declined to provide their agreements despite  multiple requests.  ( What have they got to hide?) 

These institutes come under the new Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme legislation.  Australian Universities – despite being publicly funded and warned they may be subject to the new legislationhave all so far declined to register. (12,13)

7:3  Who manages the Confucius Institutes in Australia?

Confucius Institutes are managed by Hanban ( also known as the Confucius Institute’s Headquarters) the Chinese State Department that controls teaching standards and content of courses on Australian campuses. (14)

HanbanHanban is an arm of the Chinese State Council which answers directly to the Chinese Communist Party to ‘tell China’s story well all around the world’. This ‘soft propaganda’ is being hosted and promoted by Australian taxpayers through universities. (15)

The Confucius Institutes in Australia have recently received letters from the Attorney-General’s Department, alerting them to the introduction of the transparency regime – one of the measures put in place by the government in a bid to crack down on foreign interference and influence in Australia.

A government source said:

Confucius Institutes were among the logical first targets of the scheme and would likely be pursued if they did not register voluntarily. As a first step, the secretary of the department could request further information from the organisations. If it is ultimately deemed that they should register, they can be issued with a compulsory transparency notice. They face severe penalties for failing to comply with the new laws”.

The Federal Government has long known of China’s political interference and influence on Australian university campuses through Confucius Institutes and their governing body Hanban.

Australian Universities appear unaware of these dangers, or are they unwilling to forgo their lucrative income streams?

Professor at Charles Sturt University, Clive Hamilton, and author of  the book ‘The Silent Invasion’ adds that  “ Australian Universities haven’t been asleep when it comes to the CCP – they have been in a coma”! 

7:4  Taxpayer grants used for research taken offshore

UQOf particular concern is collaboration between Australian Universities and China.

Professor Shen Tao Heng studying at the University of Queensland provides an example of Australian taxpayer grants aiding IT research –  for the benefit of the CCP. (16)

Professor Shen, who became one of UQ’s youngest professors in 2011, formed the China-based Koala AI Technology in 2015 after being named as an elite “Thousand Talents Scholar” by the Chinese Communist Party.( more on this program in Part 9)   An Australian Strategic Policy Institute paper reveals Professor Shen, who now lives in China (but still holds an honorary professorship at UQ)  built Koala AI into a $200 million company that provides surveillance technology used by the Chinese government to monitor Uighur Muslims.

Professor Shen received $2.6m in Australian government grants from 2006-2018, including up to $1.6m for Australian Research Council projects he worked on after establishing Koala AI. 

Professor Sheng from UQIt is alarming that Australian Universities receiving taxpayer funding have supported research projects that   are anathema to the national interest and have benefited Chinese authorities.   The University of Queensland has since launched an investigation into Professor Shen Tao Heng.

  • How many Government research grants have been used for the benefit of foreign nations? 

7:5  China’s political reach within Australian Universities

Many Australian universities have forged close relationships with the CPP; however, one worthy of dishonorable mention is the University of Queensland.   The following is a quick overview of China’s footprint on UQ campus:

  • Confucius Institute on campus
  • Chinese students (over 9,000) make up 20% of all enrollments
  • An active Chinese Student & Scholars Association ( CSSA)
  • Chinese state controlled Hanban supplies content for four other university courses
  • Retiring Vice Chancellor- Peter Hoy consulted to Hanban for 5 years from 2013 onwards
  • Brisbane Chinese Consul Dr Xu Jie, is an Adjunct Professor at UQ

UQ hosts a Chinese Communist government-funded Confucius Institute on campus, whose website states that it promotes the learning of Chinese language and culture and “seeks to build and deepen links and collaborative opportunities with China in the fields of science, engineering and technology’’.

But that is not all that China seeks to build on the UQ campus!

Drew PavlouTake the case of Drew Pavlou, a 4th year philosophy student-activist who was assaulted in an angry confrontation (on UQ campus in 2019) between pro and anti-Beijing demonstrators.

Favlou led a protest against Danish-Australian Vice Chancellor Peter Hoj’s close links to the Chinese Communist Party and his perceived support for their reported human rights abuses

 

Pavlou accused the Chinese government of giving the world coronavirus. For his comments he was hauled before the University of Queensland disciplinary board for “prejudicing its reputation’’ and as a result faced an UQ disciplinary board hearing on May 20th, with over 11 allegations of misconduct.

Drew Pavlou protest at UQThe UQ disciplinary “allegation notice’’ sent to Mr. Pavlou on April 9, alleges that Mr. Pavlou “prejudiced the reputation of the university by indicating to the public that the university is an unsafe environment and that the university prioritizes profit over the welfare of its staff and students’’.  (17)

In a 186-page confidential Disciplinary Board dossier, sent to Mr. Pavlou on April 9, UQ claims that his online posts “harassed, bullied, threatened or abused’’ Confucius Institute staff.

Pavlou has since sued Chinese Consul Dr. Xu Jie for inciting violence against him, praising the efforts of pro-Beijing protestors and remaining silent when death threats were sent to him and his family.

dr xu jie

Dr Xu Jie

As part of his protest against UQ’s close ties to the Chinese Communist Party, Pavlou -who has since been suspended for 2 years until 2022 – posted a sign outside the UQ’s Confucius Institute; COIVD-19 BIOHAZARD. (18)

Drew Pavlou with sign

Interesting to note is one of the conditions of agreements between CI and the universities is:

What has transpired;

  • Pavlou has been suspended until 2022, his degree is in ruins and his Student Senate position useless
  • Dr Xu Jie remains in his position of Adjunct Professor at UQ
  • No students who assaulted Pavlou on 24th July 2019, have been identified or charged

(19,20,21)

Peter HojThe man at the centre of Pavlou’s protests – Vice Chancellor Peter Hoj enjoyed a $1.2m salary and was given a $200K bonus for his involvement with CCP’s educational arm – Hanban.  (Interestingly, Peter Hoj is also a member of the Go8 Group) (22)

Professor Høj was a senior consultant to Confucius Institute headquarters Hanban – from 2013 onwards, receiving an award in 2015 in recognition of his contribution to the global Confucius Institute Network.

Peter hoj award 2015

The 2015 Outstanding Individual of the Year Award was presented to Professor Høj by Chinese Vice-Premier and Council of Confucius Institute Headquarters chair Madam Liu Yandong.  Professor Høj – Hanban’s Oceania adviser, was recognized as one of 16 senior consultants.  (23) 

Peter Hoj has since resigned his position with Hanban after being advised by the Australian Government he would be named under the Government’s Foreign Influence Legislation. These new laws require individuals or entities engaging in communications activities on behalf of foreign principals to declare their interests on a public transparency register. (24,25)

Comments in the Australian (July 2019) about the prevalence of Confucius Institutes on Australian University campuses sums up public outrage:

Can’t teach or accept a grant from the Ramsey Foundation to teach Western Civilization – academic independence, critical you know – but no problem teaching Chinese Communist propaganda under direct control from Beijing. The question is not whether our universities are willing to sell their souls, but merely the price they charge.

Australian Universities are in total denial about their role in being an ‘open portal’ for China’s infiltration by undertaking joint research projects and developing new technologies with Chinese students and academics.  They appear incapable of recognizing national security threats.

  • As of June 2020, NO Australian University has registered under the Government’s Foreign Influence Transparency legislation – despite repeated requests.
  • If Australian Universities retain Confucius Institutes that may present a threat to national security, should taxpayer funding be withheld? 

7:6  China’s watchdogs on campus; Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)

The CSSA ACT’s incorporation documents identify the association’s role as “To facilitate the connection between the Chinese Embassy and the Chinese students and scholars. Its executive board must communicate with the embassy regularly”. (26)

ALL Chinese students are automatically enrolled as members of the CSSA, however alarmingly, ANU vice-chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said he was NOT aware of the incorporation document OR the mandate that ALL Chinese students in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) automatically became members of the CSSA.

Alex Joske, an analyst from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and an ANU graduate, said universities have been too welcoming of China-aligned bodies like the CSSA.  “I think universities have a really serious issue on their hands. They’ve let groups like the CSSA grow and expand on campuses, build their influence, build their resourcing, and essentially that gives the Chinese Government a channel straight into the lives of Chinese students even when they are outside China’s borders.” he said.

Universities have long been seen by China, as ‘easy targets’.  The resulting security breaches and Intellectual Property theft confirms Government concerns over national security and their efforts to mitigate risk.

Red Flags video: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-15/youtube:-how-the-chinese-communist-party-infiltrated-australia/11603258?nw=0

 

7:7  Who are the Go8 group of universities

The Group of Eight (Go8) comprises Australia’s leading research-intensive universities

  • **University of Melbourne
  • Australian National University
  • **University of Sydney
  • **University of Queensland
  • **University of Western Australia
  • **University of Adelaide
  • Monash University
  • **UNSW Sydney.

 

(Those universities highlighted with **, host Confucius Institutes on campus)

The Go8 is focused on, and is a leader in, influencing the development and delivery of long-term sustainable national higher education and research policy, and in developing elite international alliances and research partnerships.

The Go8 receives 73% of Australian Competitive Grant (Category 1) funding. Each year the Go8 spends some $6 billion on research – more than $2 billion of which is spent on Medical and Health Services research.

It appears, however, that some Government departments would prefer the general public remained ignorant of the cyber-spying, security breaches and intellectual property theft from Australian universities. It could be argued these departments represent a conflict of interest due to funding.   Others point the finger of blame directly at China’s involvement; however,  we would argue that an agreement takes cooperation between at least two parties!

Australian National University a Go8 member, is the nation’s top university for collaboration with the Chinese Military.  Specific universities are targeted by China for their links to critical political, scientific research and military information.

Recently at the ANU,  hackers using ‘spear-fishing’ techniques impersonating students requested help from their tutors.  The result was access to confidential passwords and over 20 years of files from the Australian National University database.  The breach of privacy and security continued for 6 months before the University authorities became aware.  ( 27)

The Australian National UniversityIt would be naïve to believe that ANU was the only Australian university targeted by foreign hackers for similar purposes.

Given the impacts of the global pandemic and previously ignored breaches, ALL Go8 member universities should be carefully scrutinized, however, because of their close military ties, the ANU should be closely monitored to establish whether there are more direct threats to national security. 

The extent of Chinese infiltration in Australian universities through both the Confucius Institutes, the CSSA and the Go8 Group; the ability to hack and steal critical information and conduct research using taxpayer funds and then share these results with China, should give rise for the Australian Government to enforce the new Foreign Interference Legislation.

Breaches of the Foreign Interference Transparency legislation should result in withheld  public funding until rectified. 

7:8  Remedies to restore freedom and protect national security 

Between 2008 to 2016, Hanban spent more than $2 billion on setting up such institutes on college campuses around the world. The remedy to the CCP Confucius Institute infiltration and interference is that some nations are closing Confucius Institutes down and severely restricting collaborative research with China.

Sweden Closed its Confucius InstitutesIn April, this year ( 2020) Sweden closed its remaining Confucius Institute.

“Public opinion of China has become a lot more negative in Sweden,” said doctor Björn Jerden, the head of the Asia program at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm.

This is quite significant, since Sweden used to be one of the most active countries in Europe in terms of the number of these agreements”, Jerden added. In response, China’s ambassador to Stockholm warned that Beijing said, “For our enemies, we have a shotgun”.   ( 28,29,30,31)

United States of America

In the United States, a rising number of colleges have shut the controversial centers as a result of a measure in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, which bars universities that host Confucius Institutes from receiving funding from the Pentagon.

Since 2006, Hanban has poured more than $158 million into about 100 U.S. universities for Confucius Institutes, according to a 2019 U.S. Senate subcommittee on investigations report.  (32)l

The University of Missouri (Mizzou) has recently announced the closure of its Confucius Institute after the U.S. Department of State notified the school that it is

no longer allowed to have Chinese instructors teaching Mandarin without the supervision of a Chinese-speaking American.

Arizona State, Indiana, San Francisco State, Western Kentucky Universities, and the Universities of Hawaii at Manoa, Kansas, Oregon, and Rhode Island have also all closed their Confucius Institutes.  

The University of Delaware announced in October 2019, its plan to end its ten-year partnership with the Confucius Institute.   In 2018, Texas A&M University terminated its agreement to host two Confucius Institutes at the urging of Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Michael McCaul (R-TX), who described the institutes as threats to national security.   (33, 34 )

Australian Confucius InstitutesIn NSW, Australia, the Department of Education has expelled a Chinese Government language program from the state’s public schools due to fears of potential foreign influence.

The NSW Confucius Institute program is overseen by Chinese Government agency Hanban and teaches Mandarin in 13 public schools across Sydney and on the mid-north coast.

The department ordered the review of all Confucius Institutes in NSW after concerns of potential propaganda in Australian schools. The review said the arrangement placed Chinese Government appointees inside an NSW Government department. Instead the program will be replaced with Mandarin classes run by the NSW Department of Education. (35,36)

CanadaIn New Brunswick Canada,  Education Minister Dominic Cardy’s criticism of the Confucius Institutes that have operated in 40 state schools since 2007,  and whose course content has been carefully controlled by the Chinese government has been criticized by the Premier!

Cardy announced in January 2020, he wanted the institute out of all provincial schools by June.  However, Premier Blaine Higgs said he didn’t want the issue of Confucius Institutes to jeopardize New Brunswick’s efforts to expand its exports to China and later said the government has to respect the contract, which runs to 2022. (37)

Confucius Institutes In brief:

  • There are currently 548 Confucius Institutes and 568 Confucius classrooms in primary and high schools worldwide, with 14 institutes on Australian university campuses and 67 classrooms in schools across several Australian states. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-10/confucius-influence-around-the-world-in-question/10875960
  • Since 2017 the Australian Government has been warning universities about the danger of foreign influence and incursion. COVID-19 has now provided the opportunity to reassess Australia’s relationship with China and the CCP.
  • Australia’s national security must be prioritized over university funding, global rankings, research, campus expansions and administrators salaries.
  • Trading cash for freedoms’ is a betrayal of our western values
  • The Federal Government recognizes China’s globalist goals have been assisted by Australian Universities
  • Will Australian Universities now put the national interest before their own interests?

DISCLAIMER: The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) would like their citizens and us to believe that the CCP and the Chinese people are the same entity. They are not.
We recognize that the ethnically Chinese people are diverse, and much like ourselves they individually wish for a peaceful and prosperous family life.
Where we use the word ‘China’ we are generally speaking of the CCP driven totalitarian state, and not the ordinary hard-working Chinese people.

 

 

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References:

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