søndag 23. august 2020

What does US Confucius Institute move mean for Chinese soft power in Asia?

As part of a widening rift between the United States and China, Washington has designated Confucius Institutes in the US as foreign missions. The US said that the institutes, which offer language and cultural programmes overseas, usually in partnership with schools or colleges, were “owned and effectively controlled” by a foreign government.

Announcing the move, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused them of “advancing Beijing’s global propaganda and malign influence campaign” in American classrooms and on campuses. In response, China said the US measures had “demonised and stigmatised” the operators of what were essentially cooperative educational projects.