The extent to which China has spread its influence into American institutions of higher learning has been one of the biggest stories in recent years.
In recent years, a number of academics and researchers have been charged for their connections to the Chinese government.
Of the most high-profile cases of American academics colluding with China, the case of Charles Lieber has caught national attention. Lieber, the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, was charged and indicted on June 9 for making false statements to federal authorities concerning his involvement in China’s Thousand Talents Program.
In early June, an investigation by the National Institute of Health led to 54 firings and resignations. The investigation was launched in 2018. According to Michael Lauer, NIH’s head of extramural research, 93 percent of those cases involved undisclosed funding of Chinese origin.
These investigations have been going on for a while, but the Wuhan virus outbreak has made these issues prominent. The House Oversight and Reform Committee was in the process of investigating Wuhan virus propaganda campaigns by China and has already stepped up its efforts in early May. Republican leaders sent U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a letter which demanded information regarding the Chinese Communist Party’s investment in American universities as a means of expanding its influence.
The establishment of Confucius Institutes in 2004 has allowed the CCP to enter institutes of higher education in the U.S. They have expanded across the world by providing language courses and similar cultural material that tends to downplay the human rights abuses and overall history of suppression the Chinese government has been involved during the last century.
Although the C.I.’s offerings appear harmless, they are actually ran by the Hanban, an entity that receives funding and tutelage from the Chinese government’s Ministry of Education. The Hanban also determines the compensation and screening process for those who end up becoming teachers for these institutes.
According to a 2017 report by the National Association of Scholars, the C.I.s were described as “weapons of soft power” which comply with Chinese law, avoid mentioning Chinese political history and human rights abuses, implement China’s restrictions on free speech, and “portray Taiwan and Tibet as undisputed territories of China.”
According to North State Journal, “As of May, there are around 81 C.I.’s operating in the United States and one still operating in North Carolina — The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.”
UNC Charlotte started running back in 2017. The institute in question was running in Pfeiffer University, but shut its doors in 2016 and then moved to UNC Charlotte.
Buffie Stephens, director of issues management and external media relations at UNC Charlotte, told North State Journal that the C.I. is “governed by a board of directors that is chaired by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.” In addition, he noted that the institute has a campus advisory council compromised of UNC Charlotte faculty and staff.
“UNC Charlotte controls all curriculum and other academic matters at the university, and the C.I. does not offer any for-credit classes,” Stephens said in an email message with North State Journal.
“Teaching assistants in the C.I. are not instructors of record at the university,” Stephens commented. “They work under the direction of UNC Charlotte faculty in our classrooms — providing services such as being conversation partners — and work under the oversight of teachers in K-12 schools, governed by those schools. They also help with cultural events.”
When questioned about how UNC Charlotte receives Hanban funding, Stephens recounted that the Hanban funded the creation of the institute with “start-up expenses of $150,000” back in 2017. In 2018, the Hanban allocated an additional $70,000 in operating support and an “additional $30,000 to support K-12 schools directly.”
According to Stephens, the C.I. was the recipient of an additional $107,150 in operating support and another $40,000 to aid K-12 schools directly back in 2019.
“UNC Charlotte has not received more than $150,000 of support from Hanban in any given year. Consistent with Section 117 of the Higher Education Act, UNC Charlotte reports to the federal government all gifts from or contracts with a foreign source valued at $250,000 or more in a year,” Stephens commented.
The rise of China is one of the largest political questions of our time.
To curb Chinese influence, the U.S. will need to shutdown all Confucius Institutes within its borders.
Taxpayer-Funded Commission Talks Smack About President Trump
There Are Many Subversive Actors Within the American Government Who Want to See President Trump Fail
Cyber Solarium, a taxpayer-funded Defense Department commission, made it clear last month that it is not on President Trump’s side.
The nationalist group Republicans for National Renewal brought Cyber Solairum’s subversiveness to America First patriots’ attention on Twitter by pointing out the commission’s anti-Trump retweets.
RNR cited Cyber Solarium’s retweet of Maine Senator Angus King’s praise of Chris Krebs, the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
On November 16, King tweeted, “Chris Krebs is a dedicated public servant who has helped build up new cyber capabilities in the face of swiftly-evolving dangers. By firing him for doing his job, President Trump is harming all Americans – who rely on CISA’s defenses, even if they don’t know it. My statement:”
— Republicans for National Renewal (@RNRenewal) November 26, 2020
President Donald Trump fired Krebs last month for his denial of there being any widespread fraud during the 2020 election. This angered establishment politicians like King, who penned a press release condemning the president’s actions.
In the press release, Krebs declared “Chris Krebs is an incredibly bright, high-performing, and dedicated public servant, who has helped build up new cyber capabilities in the face of swiftly-evolving dangers. This year’s robust election security and public awareness campaign exceeded our expectations, especially given the unique political and technological challenges. Equally important is the less publicized work CISA has done to protect our nation’s other critical infrastructure assets. We should be empowering Chris and his team to do more, not punishing them for their doing their job.”
King continued attacking the President and expressed his optimism with regards to a Biden administration correcting this “error.”
“By firing Mr. Krebs for simply doing his job, President Trump is inflicting severe damage on all Americans – who rely on CISA’s defenses, even if they don’t know it. If there’s any silver lining in this unjust decision, it’s this: I hope that President-elect Biden will recognize Chris’s contributions, and consult with him as the Biden administration charts the future of this critically important agency.”
It’s clear that there are many subversive elements within the American government that want Trump out. It’s a telltale sign of the institutional decline the U.S. has experienced over the years as its constitutional republican model has been pushed aside in favor of an administrative state that is completely hostile to a nationalist presidency.
America First nationalists will have to clean house at the federal level in order to ensure that no future nationalist administrations ever get derailed from within again.
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