The country has developed a network of institutions designed to silence its critics, enhance its reputation abroad, and use the strengths of the American university system for its own benefit.
I live in a college town where the state university admits 7500 foreign students each year. Over half of them are Chinese. The university gets a much larger tuition and fees from the foreign students. The total is over $200 million in extra revenue per year would the university admit 7500 local students instead.
So not only are we cutting out the admission spots for American students, we are educating out global competitor that continues to bleed away economic opportunity for Americans.
But hey, those university administrators deserve their $500k per year salary, right?
May the terms “college administrator” and “useful idiot” be used interchangeably?
Unfortunately, too many in the US woke media are all too happy to amplify the CCP's spurious racism claims whenever they are scrutinized.
Fascinating article. I'm glad to hear of *some* progress (closing of 70+ Confucius Institutes, mitigated by some of those being in-name-only).
The concerns here so squarely implicate core American values that I can't help but believe that all the matter needs is more attention and we'll see improvement. (Perhaps I'm not cynical enough about the role of money, efficacy of racism rhetoric as cover, etc.)
Meanwhile in Canada the RCMP are investigating Chinese "Police" stations in Toronto. It isn't clear yet what these stations have been up to, but it certainly appears to be a violation of territorial sovereignty.