“warning that many U.S. colleges are “basically bought” by Beijing and that they censor themselves to avoid upsetting the communist regime.”
"Pompeo warned that the Chinese regime is “poisoning the well of our higher education institutions for its own ends” and that they “degrade our freedom and America national security.”
“If we don’t educate ourselves, if we are not honest about what is taking place, we’ll get schooled by Beijing.”
“We see too often on American campuses that the silence and censorship driven by the Chinese Communist Party usually boils down to something far less idealistic – so many of our colleges are bought by Beijing,” he said."
“He noted that 400,000 Chinese students come to the U.S. each year.
“American students talk about safe spaces as shelter from ideas they dislike. Chinese students need safe spaces to learn of ideas that they love – what a stark contrast,” he said.”
“According to the State Department, there are 75 Confucius Institute branches operating in the United States, 65 of which are active on college campuses. In addition, the department said there are approximately 500 Confucius Classrooms based in K-12, schools, with [m]ost … affiliated with one of the university-based Confucius Institutes.”