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Swedish University to Close Its Confucius Institute

Well-known Chinese news site Sina recently reported that Stockholm University announced that it will soon close its Confucius Institute. This Confucius Institute was established in 2005 and was the first one to be established in Europe. According to Stockholm University’s website, the Confucius Institute project is “unnecessary.” The University’s Vice Chancellor suggested that it is “problematic” if an organization in a university is funded by a foreign government. A large number of U.S. professors consider that this type of arrangement interferes with academic freedom. Fox News also traced some of the publicly available records that showed the Chinese government paid for numerous travel and lodging expenses for some U.S. university decision makers so as to influence the negotiations. The same evidence was found in the founding of the Confucius Institutes in Northern Europe. Some Chinese experts expressed the opinion that these anti-China opinions are just biased Western views. However the Stockholm University Confucius Institute is the first closure of a Confucius Institute in Europe, which is a warning sign.
Source: Sina, January 12, 2015