Reference News, a well-known branch of Xinhua, recently reported that Lu Kang, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commented at a press conference on the new policies the Pentagon established to stop sponsoring colleges that have a Confucius Institute. With more and more people becoming aware of the expansion of Chinese influence via the Confucius Institute, academic freedom has become a U.S. public concern. The Pentagon confirmed that, unless an exception is granted, it will no longer sponsor Chinese language education programs in colleges that have a Confucius Institute. Lu described this policy as a “Cold War mindset.” He said the Confucius Institutes have not done anything unlawful. The pentagon’s decision was baseless and lacked self-confidence. It’s turning a cultural exchange effort into a political fight.
Quite a few U.S. colleges have discontinued or plan to discontinue their Confucius Institute contracts.
Source: Reference News, May 2