On August 13, 2020, the Trump administration labeled the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as a foreign arm of the Chinese Community Party.
Journalist Jack Posobiec announced this earlier that day in a tweet:
“BREAKING: The Trump Administration has designated Confucius Institutes as foreign propaganda agents of the People’s Republic of China.”
BREAKING: The Trump Administration has designated Confucius Institutes as foreign propaganda agents of the People's Republic of China
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 13, 2020
The Trump administration alleged that the program is part of Beijing’s propaganda efforts and spreads its influence on American campuses and classrooms, despite how the program is marketed as an innocuous Chinese language teaching venture.
Under this new designation, the Confucius Institute U.S. Center, located in Washington, is now obligated to “submit reports to the U.S. governments about its funding, personnel, curriculum, and other activities in the United States,” according to a report by The Star Tribune.
“We’re not kicking them out. We’re just highlighting the fact that these folks do work for the Ministry of Education of the (Chinese) Communist Party,” declared Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell.
There are approximately 500 K-12 classrooms connected to the Confucius Institute, Stilwell stated. Additionally, there are institutes at 65 American campuses. A number of universities have closed up institutes due to fears that they were spreading pro-CCP propaganda.
This classification is the most recent of Trump administration’s decisions against China while diplomatic relations between the countries have frayed over the Wuhan virus pandemic.
“The People’s Republic of China has taken advantage of America’s openness to undertake large-scale and well-funded propaganda efforts and influence operations in this country,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared in a statement.
Since it embarked on a series of reforms in the 1980s, China has taken advantage of the West’s naïve openness towards it in terms of immigration and trade.
A sensible America First approach to China consists of immigration restriction and trade reform. The Trump administration has moved in a positive direction towards that.
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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