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Chinese Confucius Institutes On College Campuses Quietly Targeted In Defense Authorization Act

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posted on Aug, 17 2018 @ 12:44 PM
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Apparently dozens of Confucius Institutes are housed on college campuses in the US. The article, “Trump Hits Communist China and Liberal Universities” on The American Spectator’s website (Link to Article ) was the first I had heard about these Institutes on college campuses which are funded and operated by the Chinese government!

WHAT?!

From the above article,


Unbeknownst to the vast majority of Americans, including conservatives, the Chinese government has been busily establishing so-called Confucius Institutes on campuses all across the country. These centers are directly funded and largely staffed by the Chinese government, where they can present a cozy Shining-City-on-a-Hill version of Beijing. Liberal universities have rolled out the red carpet for these institutes, so long as the Chinese gravy-train ladles out the cash.

President Trump worked with Senators Cruz and Rubio to insert into the The National Defense Authorization Act in order to cut funding to universities who host these Confucius Institutes. FBI Director Christopher Ray was asked about these Institutes during a recent intelligence committee hearing and said,


And I think the level of naïveté on the part of the academic sector about this creates its own issues. They’re exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have, which we all revere, but they’re taking advantage of it. So one of the things we’re trying to do is view the China threat as not just a whole-of-government threat but a whole-of-society threat on their end, and I think it’s going to take a whole-of-society response by us. So it’s not just the intelligence community, but it’s raising awareness within our academic sector, within our private sector, as part of the defense.”
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The FBI has a white paper about these Institutes and the concern that a few of the Chinese Students might be spies. FBI White Paper Higher Education and National Security

President Trump has said for years that China has been taking advantage of the USA in trade deals...and it seems that China has also been quietly infiltrating our universities. We are talking dozens of universities! Here is a list of the universities and even some K-12 schools which host Confucius Institutes List of Universities

The Spectator article linked in the first paragraph tells how President Trump worked with Senator Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to cut off funding to the Universities who house these Institutes...


But equally important is what the funding does not include: The National Defense Authorization Act includes a provision to limit funding to colleges and universities with Confucius Institutes. The act was passed by both the Senate and the House. And there, mainly in the Senate, great credit goes to Trump campaign rivals Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who have done excellent work exposing this quiet scandal on college campuses.
Spectator article

I had no idea that this was occurring on our liberal college campuses! With all of the media attention on recordings by Omarosa, and the hoopla over security clearances being revoked, and the attention on the Manafort trial, things of importance are actually being accomplished.

I have to wonder, are the liberal universities oblivious to the threats they have been hosting, or are they truly determined to undermine and weaken this nation because of their hatred for it.
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posted on Aug, 17 2018 @ 12:53 PM
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posted on Aug, 17 2018 @ 01:37 PM
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Damn good thread and much needed exposure.

I feel our Country is a "bit loose" right now and we need to take a step back and tight up things here.

Far too much has the last EIGHT years been aiming with a globalized POV and ignoring the important issues here at home, man Obummer and leftist in general really left the states in a sorry state of affairs security wise.

Too much open arms and borders to see any real threat and I suppose we shouldn't be so surprised at that fact, its liberals 😂



posted on Aug, 17 2018 @ 01:41 PM
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Heh. AJ is going to probably use this, he's been harping about how Chinese have taken over universities, heh, and hollywood.

Hmm I wonder if... Not yet, figured it'd be headline @ infowars.com lol



posted on Aug, 17 2018 @ 01:45 PM
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Was the finding of a Chinese spy on Dianne Feinstein staff coincidence? I think ties with communists runs deep?




Polygraph panic: CIA director fretted his vote for communist

www.cnn.com...

He decided to admit having voted for a Communist Party presidential candidate



Why would that ever be a good idea?



posted on Aug, 17 2018 @ 01:46 PM
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a reply to: xtradimensions

This is disconcerting to say the least.

I bet Dianne Feinstein and plenty of other slimeball government officials know damn well what's been going on but have gladly turned a blind eye, while lining their pockets and collecting favors.



posted on Aug, 17 2018 @ 01:51 PM
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I've been bashing Trump since the Helsinki summit, but this is good


And thanks to Rubio and Cruz as well. I'll never defend a university for pandering to the Chinese government, no matter how liberal this university may be. It should be obvious to all that an institute funded by China's government will be working to undermine the USA. There's no excuse, and I'll gladly give credit to these Republicans for this, even though I disagree with some of the GOP's policies.

Cultural exchange with China is a good thing, and sadly the passing of this act is going to worsen US relations with China. But that's not Trump's fault. It was necessary to pass this act.

These universities, whether they be liberal or conservative, they can have relations with the people of China, without tying themselves to the government of China. They can invite Chinese scientists, scholars and students to work independently in America and in these American universities. These Chinese academics do not need the strangling leash of China's pseudo-Communist government. They could come to America as free, independent guests. But right now, this is hard for them to accomplish.

If this was Trump's doing, then Trump was doing them a favor, not a disservice.

Imagine being a Chinese dissident, maybe kicked out of university because you have questioned the government, lucky to have avoided prison or worse... I don't know if it's fair to say you'd be encouraged when you hear that America is reacting against the Confucius Institutes (if you have the luxury to even learn of this), but definitely I think it's a step in the right direction.



posted on Aug, 17 2018 @ 01:52 PM
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a reply to: FamCore

Oh, I definitely agree that the liberals in our government who have pushed the globalist agenda knew this was going on and likely supported it. President Obama’s administration cared much more about advancing his globalist citizen-of-the-world agenda than about protecting our nation from foreign influences, in my opinion. For years the liberal universities have been indoctrinating students with their liberal mindset and this is an example of when that is left unchecked how dangerous it can be to our nation. And it wasn’t just the government officials lining their pockets, but the universities profiting from the Chinese government in exchange for breeding spy-in-training programs. How crazy is that?



posted on Aug, 17 2018 @ 01:57 PM
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a reply to: Cutepants
I applaud your attitude...I agree some things, such as protecting our nation from outside influences are more important than party politics.



posted on Aug, 17 2018 @ 03:08 PM
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a reply to: Cutepants

Well said.



posted on Aug, 17 2018 @ 03:19 PM
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The Epoch Times (same newspaper that broke the SARS coverup) has been covering this for years. Glad somebody is finally listening. Here is an article from 2014 Link 2010 Link

Many More: Link to Epoch Times - More articles

This is not just a liberal thing. The vast majority of Americans are not aware of the Chinese Communist Party influence here and around the world.



posted on Aug, 17 2018 @ 05:02 PM
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a reply to: Halfswede
Thanks for all of the links! Good info to have as I continue to educate myself on this issue. I taught University courses for over a decade before starting my own business, so the topic greatly interests me. I have a relative who is in charge of recruiting foreign students for a University and I know she spends several weeks each year in China “recruiting” students to attend the small liberal arts university for which she works. She is a bit of a radical left wing liberal kook—-go figure!

Thanks again for the links—I have my weekend reading now!



posted on Aug, 17 2018 @ 05:23 PM
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This sort of thing was happening in the UK as well. Every company and corporation was or has been instructed to take advantage of trade with China. Universities brought in more international students to bring in revenue. It was an idea of various intelligence agencies. Bring in Chinese graduates, educate them about democracy and send them back to China. What really happened was that China sent over their agents, they figured out what the governments were up to and used things for their own advantage. I got trapped in this scheme and it cost me four years of my time.

Corporations offshored work to China - anything from manufacturing items to repairing them. We design the firmware and software. They do the manufacturing, assembly and packaging. A lot of software development gets offshored as well. If a job can't be filled immediately by a British graduate, away it goes. If British graduates can't find a software job, they go abroad or into another field. Some companies tried to promote everyone to senior engineers and have them train up their international replacements. Many engineers burned out and moved into sales, marketing, technical writing, or leaving the industry altogether. Now there is a shortage of "senior engineers" and above.



posted on Aug, 17 2018 @ 08:17 PM
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Thank the maker that the gov't finally wised up to this garbage. Any idiot at those universities who didn't think the CCP would twist those Confucius centers to their own evil ends should be hung from a tree.

The CCP loves external soft power and this was a way to cozy up to the impressionable youngsters.

I almost believe that old communist plan between China and Russia circa I think the 60s to bring down the west.



posted on Aug, 18 2018 @ 09:54 PM
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a reply to: xtradimensions

Thanks for the information about this program. I had no idea this was happening on our university campuses.

I checked your list and it appears that some of the most prestigious universities in my state have these Confucius Institutes.

This is just another example of our enemies using our own freedoms to surreptitiously attack and attempt to control our society.

-dex



posted on Aug, 18 2018 @ 11:52 PM
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a reply to: xtradimensions

Thank you for posting this, I thought it would have generated more interest?



posted on Aug, 19 2018 @ 12:07 AM
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originally posted by: neutronflux
a reply to: xtradimensions

Thank you for posting this, I thought it would have generated more interest?
Yeah no kidding.

Just recently, Trump tweeted that while everyone was focused on Russia, we should be looking at China.



posted on Aug, 19 2018 @ 08:47 AM
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a reply to: neutronflux
I am surprised that the topic hasn’t been reported on...but then again, the MSM loathes to report on anything positive that President Trump has achieved. I suspect that the topic hasn’t gained much traction on ATS because it isn’t posted under political news (which I considered posting it there because it is somewhat political) but instead, is posted under education. Maybe I chose the wrong catgerory to post it under.



posted on Aug, 19 2018 @ 09:13 AM
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So no first ammendment rights for Colleges or for China?

Why do Conservatives think it's fine to allow foreigners to spend money in our elections, under the guise of free speech, but foreigners can't talk to University students?

I think we should be much more worried about the infiltration of our University system by Corporations.



posted on Aug, 19 2018 @ 09:20 AM
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originally posted by: CB328
So no first ammendment rights for Colleges or for China?

Why do Conservatives think it's fine to allow foreigners to spend money in our elections, under the guise of free speech, but foreigners can't talk to University students?

I think we should be much more worried about the infiltration of our University system by Corporations.
What are you rambling about?

None of what you said makes any sense, remember, you're open borders, Anti-Capitalistic and free reign with Immigrants, nothing from that perspective of yours is of any value in this discussion.

We're talking about the infiltration of a foreign power, the Chinese, an not just anything Chinese, but the actual gov of China. Subversion.



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