US restricts China's Confucius Institute

Aug 14, 2020

Washington DC (USA), Aug 14: The US government has designated the Confucius Institute US Center as a foreign mission of China in a move to impose tighter controls.
Confucius Institutes are Chinese government-run programs that promote language and culture at universities around the world. Seventy-five institutes are reportedly in the United States.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the decision in a statement on Thursday.
Pompeo said the Confucius Institute is "an entity advancing Beijing's global propaganda and malign influence campaign" on US campuses and classrooms.
The designation will require the Chinese institute to regularly provide information to the US government about its personnel, funding and operations in the US.
Amid a growing rift between the two nations, hardline US lawmakers argue that China is trying to increase its influence through Confucius Institutes.
Some institutes in the US have been closed.
The Trump administration decided in February to require major Chinese media outlets to register their properties and employees in the US, including personal information on their reporters.
Source: NHK World

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