Stanford University sure loves to maintain a special relationship with China.
According to a report from The College Fix, Christian Schneider highlighted that Stanford received $58.1 million from China during the period of 2014 to 2020.
It was at a San Francisco gala in March 2014, when Stanford University President John Hennessy received an award for the school’s “Advancement in U.S.-China Relations.”
The Committee of 100, a group of prominent Chinese Americans involved in the arts, business, government, and academia, bestowed the award, which the school has bragged about it on its website.
Starting in the 1970s, Stanford began to accept Chinese graduates.
In 2009, the school signed off on a contract to open up a Confucius Institute, which received money from the Chinese Communist Party.
Confucius Institutes allegedly promote Chinese culture and language.
Then in 2012 the Stanford Center at Peking University was opened, marketed as a “hub” for Stanford students in China.
Despite such warm and fuzzy overtures to China, the Chinese state has continued its authoritarian behavior from its internment of the Uyghurs to the establishment of one of the most expansive surveillance systems in human history.
“Hypocrisy is the price of funding from China,” National Association of Scholars Policy Director Rachelle Peterson commented in an email to The College Fix via e-mail.
“Colleges and universities declare themselves protectors of human rights and a safe place for the vulnerable. Yet they embrace the Chinese Communist Party and are complicit in the stifling of free speech,” Peterson added.
According to a report from the U.S. Department of Education, Stanford has received the fourth highest amount of funds from China among universities in the U.S. Harvard University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Pennsylvania are at the top of the list.
In the aforementioned six-year period, Stanford received “58.1 million in China-based gifts and contracts,” according to a piece by Bloomberg.
The use of Confucius Institutes is one way that China attempts to exert soft power.
Indeed, the country has taken a different path over the past 30 years, but it still remains a U.S. adversary.
U.S. policymakers should strongly consider shutting down Confucius Institutes.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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