You’ve got to hand it to the Swedes. They have responded in kind to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) bullying by shutting down the Confucius Institutes operating throughout Sweden:
The deteriorating bilateral ties between Sweden and China has resulted in closure of all Confucius Institutes in Sweden – making the Scandinavian country the first country in Europe to close all institutes and classrooms.
The decision has been prompted by growing Swedish concern regarding Chinese security, disregard for human rights violations, oppression of ethnic- and religious minority groups and the jailing of Gui Minhai, the Swedish bookseller and poet from Hong Kong.
The last institute was announced closed by Luleå University of Technology, in late December 2019 – but was officially closed in late January. On 23 April, the last Confucius classroom at Falkenberg Secondary School was terminated, but will properly close in late May, reported Radio Sweden and Radio P4.
The closure of the Confucius Institutes has also resulted in termination of exchange programmes and twin-cities between Chinese- and Swedish cities.
Confucius Institutes are public educational institutions under the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China…
If only Australia had the cajones to do likewise.
There is also a push within the United States to close their 80 “propaganda institutes” down:
Last week, dozens of leading members of the College Republican National Committee, which I chair, joined with College Democrats to call for the permanent closure of Confucius Institutes on all U.S. campuses. While we may not agree on much politically, young Republicans and Democrats recognize the immense threat to academic freedom posed by these Trojan horses of the Chinese Communist Party .
Confucius Institutes function as a propaganda arm of the Chinese Communist Party. Their main purpose is to promote the Chinese state agenda. Through their activities on campus, they intimidate Chinese students, engage in disinformation campaigns and censor issues sensitive to the Chinese government.
In November 2011, Li Changchun, then the Chinese government’s top official for propaganda, explained at a speech in Beijing that Confucius Institutes make “an important contribution toward improving our soft power. The ‘Confucius’ brand has a natural attractiveness. Using the excuse of teaching Chinese language, everything looks reasonable and logical.”
Australia has 13 China-backed Confucius Institutes operating on Australian university campuses. These Confucius Institutes are fully funded subsidiaries of China’s Ministry of Education. They provide participating Australian universities with partial funding, native language instructors, teaching resources, student exchange opportunities, and Chinese language and culture consultative services from the Chinese Government.
Their formal mission is to promote Chinese language and culture, and therefore give an uncritical view of Chinese society, as well as provide direct influence inside our universities.
Our universities have also signed agreements explicitly stating they “must accept the assessment of the [Confucius Institute] Headquarters on the teaching quality” at their centres.
Göran Lindblad, former vice president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and a former Swedish Parliament member, explains the dangers of these Confucius Institutes below:
Here’s the money quote:
“The main purpose [of Confucius Institutes] is to indoctrinate people and gather information for the totalitarian regime. These are the two main goals that are not spoken. And with budgets reduced, a lot of universities have been interested in having Confucius Institutes paying for the education in Chinese language, Chinese culture, etc. Same in the 1930s with Mussolini’s language institutes…”
“These Confucius Institutes are integrated into the universities. So there is an excellent opportunity to do infiltration work, also spying, indoctrinating the students in the communist thinking. And all of the teachers from the Confucius Institutes are of course controlled from Beijing… The CCP controls the Confucius Institutes”.
Other cultural institutes of this nature are not on Australian university campuses. Confucius institutes should at a minimum be moved off-campus. Or ideally, shut down.
Nothing will happen, of course, given the education industry’s financial prostitution to Chinese international students:
The international student trade has effectively turned Australian universities into the useful idiots of the world’s most evil autocratic regime. Just look at the University of Queensland.