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USASU closes Confucius Institute due to Defense Department objections

10:10  24 august  2019
10:10  24 august  2019 Source:   azcentral.com

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Arizona State University has closed the Confucius Institute , which was run by the Chinese government and in the ASU 's decision came after the Department of Defense (DOD) denied ASU ’s request this summer to maintain the Institute while continuing to receive the department 's funding.

Students returning to Arizona State University for the fall semester this week might notice something missing. ASU's Confucius Institute, founded in 2007 and funded by the Chinese government, has closed.

ASU closes Confucius Institute due to Defense Department objections© The Republic Arizona State University has closed its China-funded Confucius Institute.

ASU joins at least 15 other universities in closing its Confucius Institute in the past 18 months. The programs have come under scrutiny, with lawmakers and others voicing concerns about possible Chinese propaganda or espionage.

The Confucius Institute at ASU offered Chinese language and culture education, hosted academic conferences and partnered with a number of K-12 schools in Arizona to provide Chinese language programs.

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Other universities that have moved to close their Confucius Institutes over the past year cite various reasons related to changing strategies, low enrollments A Defense Department spokeswoman said that all institutions that host Defense -funded National Security Education programs in Chinese and a

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The National Defense Authorization Act for the 2019 fiscal year prohibits universities from hosting an institute while also receiving funding for Chinese language study from the U.S. Department of Defense.

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ASU applied for a waiver to this law over the summer, but the Pentagon denied the request to fund ASU's Language Flagship Program while the Institute remained open, ASU spokeswoman Katie Paquet said in an email.

All similar waiver applications from other universities also were denied.

ASU is slated to receive $750,000 per year over the next five years from the Pentagon for the Language Flagship Program, Paquet said.

An archived web page for ASU's Confucius Institute from May shows the quiet closure announcement: "We regret to inform you that as of May 31, 2019, the Confucius Institute at Arizona State University is closed. We thank you for your dedicated support to our programs."

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Confucius Institute at The University of Toledo. Our office is currently closed due to COVID-19. Confucius Institute at The University of Toledo is committed to serving the region of Northwest Ohio by providing education in Chinese language and culture, developing and enhancing China-related

The Confucius Institute programs have come under scrutiny, with lawmakers and others voicing concerns about possible Chinese propaganda or But nothing has been as effective in shutting down Confucius Institutes on American campuses as tying Defense Department funding to their closure .

While ASU's Confucius Institute has shuttered, Paquet said the university "will continue our efforts to build educational and cultural connections with the people of China."

The University of Arizona's Confucius Institute remains open, UA spokeswoman Stacy Pigott said in an email.

Reach reporter Kyra Haas by email at kyra.haas@arizonarepublic.com or find her on Twitter @kc_haas.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: ASU closes Confucius Institute due to Defense Department objections

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