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th Feb Confucius Institutes under scrutiny
In more suspicious times the U.S. Senate are urging more scrutiny and openness about the many Confucian Institutes. There are about 500 institutes worldwide often associated with a university, 94 in the U.S. and 23 in the UK . They are created to spread the knowledge about Chinese culture and language. They can be seen as an example of China's increasing use of 'soft power' to increase its influence worldwide.
The report is most concerned about the situation in U.S. schools. There seems to be less control and accountability of the funds received. The problem is that the initiative is funded and controlled by China's central government and not as a purely charitable venture. Senators are concerned that the funding could be used for political purposes. Perhaps schools and universities could be gently persuaded to change teaching in order to acquire the much needed funds.
They want the funding for schools to be stopped and the university funding to be brought under greater scrutiny.
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