Beijing's influence in US and Australia

Pentagon pressure leads US universities to close China-linked centres

Confucius Institutes in the US that are affiliated with China's Education Ministry have come under growing scrutiny from lawmakers and officials.
Confucius Institutes in the US that are affiliated with China's Education Ministry have come under growing scrutiny from lawmakers and officials.PHOTO: AFP

Schools forced to choose either US-or China-funded programme

The ultimatum from Washington worked.

One by one, eight American universities from the west coast of Oregon to Minnesota in the Midwest to the island of Hawaii closed their Confucius Institutes over the past year under pressure from the Pentagon, which stopped funding its own Chinese language programmes at universities that also had the China-funded centres.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2019, with the headline 'Pentagon pressure leads unis to close China-linked centres '. Print Edition | Subscribe