There are approximately 100 of these institutes operating on American universities. Their purpose, at a minimum, is to project Chinese soft power and propaganda. They also increase the opportunity for China’s Communist Party (CCP) to spy and steal intellectual property. The preponderance of foreign students are Chinese and college presidents who are chasing tuition dollars are not immune to being manipulated by the CCP’s threat of opening or closing that spigot.
In the wake of nCOVID-19 pandemic our government needs to re-evalute Confucius Institutes’ threat to national security and whether or not they are centers from which ChiComs manipulate and control Chinese and Chinese-American students.