US imposes new disclosure demands on Confucius Institutes

US imposes new disclosure demands on Confucius Institutes

  • In ongoing pressure campaign, US cites universities as allowing Beijing propaganda

The Trump administration is piling more political pressure on the Confucius Institutes by ordering them to register as foreign missions.

The order, announced by the US State Department, gives the government formal authority to demand a series of regular disclosures by the Chinese-sponsored educational partnerships operating in the country, in such areas as staff lists and property holdings.

“This designation is long overdue,” David Stilwell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said in a briefing.

The order is part of a long-running series of administration actions against China generally and the Confucius Institutes in particular, aimed at disrupting suspected political influence and espionage operations directed by Beijing.