“If I lose the election, you have to start learning Chinese.” As soon as trump used Chinese to “intimidate” the American people, Trump’s back foot was on the Confucius Institute.
on August 12, local time, according to the US News Agency, the US State Department will announce as early as Thursday (August 13 local time) that Confucius institutes jointly established by China and local universities must be registered as “foreign missions”.
under the foreign missions act of the United States, organizations classified as “foreign missions” are required to report all personnel to the U.S. State Department and register all properties leased or owned by them.
the person, who asked not to be named, said the decision meant that the trump administration identified the Confucius Institute as an institution “actually owned or effectively controlled by a foreign government”, which would subject the institution to administrative requirements similar to those of embassies and consulates.
in February and June this year, the United States listed Xinhua news agency, cgtn, China Radio International, China Daily and people’s Daily Overseas editions, as well as CCTV, people’s daily, China News Agency and global times as “foreign missions” and “expelled” a large number of Chinese journalists in disguise. The Chinese side immediately made solemn representations to the US side on the US side’s wrong practices and took reciprocal countermeasures.
although the State Department and other U.S. government agencies did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Another congressional source, who declined to be named, confirmed that he had indeed heard of it, Reuters said.
Confucius Institute is a non-profit educational institution established by Sino foreign cooperation. It is committed to carrying out Chinese language teaching and exchanges and cooperation in education and culture between China and foreign countries. According to the website of Hanban, since 2006, 81 Confucius Institutes and 13 Confucius Classrooms have been set up in the United States, including Stanford University, University of Maryland, University of California, Los Angeles, etc.
However, these educational institutions have long been the targets of some American politicians, who slander the Chinese government for “exerting influence” on American society through Confucius Institutes.
in February last year, the US Senate Standing Committee of inquiry released a survey report on Confucius Institutes, saying that these institutions should be restricted in their attempts to influence public opinion in the United States. The report suggests that the US Department of justice should decide as soon as possible whether to require all Confucius Institutes or their employees to register as foreign agents.
when asked about the relevant questions, the Chinese foreign ministry once said that all Confucius Institutes in the United States were voluntarily applied for by American universities, and Sino US universities were established in cooperation on the principle of “mutual respect, friendly consultation, equality and mutual benefit”. The daily operation and management of all these Confucius Institutes are legal, compliant, open and transparent. They have made important contributions to promoting people to people exchanges between China and the United States, and have been widely praised by all parties.
“individuals and institutions on the US side politicized the Confucius Institute, a normal Sino US educational exchange project, without any basis, showing a typical cold war mentality.”