Biden proves once again he’s in the pocket of the Chinese government with move to provide Confucius Institutes with taxpayer funds
Friday, April 28, 2023 by: JD Heyes
(Natural News) While Democrats and their left-wing cheerleaders in the ‘mainstream media’ shrieked for four years that Donald Trump was a traitor and an ‘asset’ to Russia, in fact, it’s Joe Biden‘s loyalties that should be questioned as well as most of those in his party when it comes to their China catering.
“The Biden administration is quietly helping American universities that host China’s Confucius Institute on their campuses circumvent a ban on receiving federal funds,” the Washington Free Beacon reported this week.
In late March, the Defense Department declared that it would issue waivers permitting schools to establish chapters of the Confucius Institute, a Chinese Communist Party-supported program that Beijing exploits to advance its influence and pilfer intellectual property from American universities.
The department’s waiver program was established as a reaction to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which prohibits American colleges and universities from receiving federal funding if they maintain Confucius Institute chapters. According to lawmakers, the Defense Department’s actions are in defiance of federal law, the outlet noted further.
And never mind that the Chinese government shouldn’t have ‘institutes’ or anything else established on American college campuses (because you know Beijing will never allow an American equivalent on Chinese campuses).
“The Chinese Communist Party is subverting U.S. institutions and Joe Biden is sabotaging legislation to stop them,” Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.), a member of the House Select Committee on China, told the Washington Free Beacon. The GOP lawmaker noted further that the Biden regime has essentially “greenlit China’s espionage and malign influence operations on college campuses.”
This workaround has emerged amidst concerns from the intelligence community that American colleges have become “soft targets” for Chinese espionage. Since 2008, China has established over 100 Confucius Institutes in the United States, investing over $158 million in them. The FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies have repeatedly cautioned that these institutes are “ultimately subservient to the Chinese government” and pose a significant espionage threat, the report said.
Despite these warnings, American schools have been hesitant to sever ties with their Confucius Institutes, fearing that they may miss out on the $426 million China has contributed to American higher education since 2011. This funding supports a range of research projects, with a substantial portion also coming in the form of gifts to various schools, the outlet added.
While Confucius Institutes are claimed to be designed to foster cultural exchange and language learning, lawmakers argue that they instead “limit a school’s autonomy by censuring political debate and preventing discussions on certain topics, such as Taiwan and Tibet.” These Chinese Communist Party (CCP) outposts also have “contracts with U.S. universities [that] forbid activities that violate Chinese law and require the contract remain confidential, limiting effective oversight.”
The bipartisan funding prohibition in the NDAA, scheduled to be implemented on October 1, was intended to compel American universities to terminate their ties with Confucius Institutes in order to retain their lucrative Pentagon contracts. However, the waiver program provides them with a way out and coincides with parallel efforts by higher education lobbyists to influence the Biden administration into easing reporting requirements on foreign donations, including those from China, the Free Beacon reported further.