Hypocrisy Much? Stanford Receives $58 million from China While Claiming to Support Human Rights

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.

BLP has previously reported on China’s corporate espionage and its use of migration as a political weapon.

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.