President Biden is already giving Beijing a gift, even if that may not have been his intention, by quietly eliminating a proposed rule by former President Donald Trump that would have required U.S. universities and K-12 schools with foreign exchange programs to disclose any financial ties or other connections to Chinese state-run Confucius Institutes.
Clearly, Joe Biden’s quest to toss every “Trump Rule” seems to be far more important to the Biden administration than keeping China’s power in check.
Why else nix one of Trump’s last presidential mandates requiring schools and universities to disclose any connections they may have had with the Beijing-controlled Confucius Institutes?
Biden Allows China To Use Confucius Institutes To Steal America’s Secrets
In one of his last president approved executive orders that Trump signed at the end of 2020.
Trump issued the EO in response to growing concern from the FBI, State Department, and Education Department that China’s rulers use Confucius Institutes to steal American research and to promote Chinese Communist Party propaganda in US schools.
Confucius Institutes operate in 75 American universities, officially offering cultural and language enrichment. And 500 K-12 schools across the country have a partnership with the Confucius Institute US Center in DC, which the State Department in August designated a “foreign mission” of Beijing.
The now-canceled order didn’t close any Confucius programs but merely kept them on the federal government’s radar.
It followed the news in December that a score of top universities had failed to report at least $6.5 billion in funding from foreign sources including China. Maybe elite universities, eager to keep their funding secret, got the Biden team to kill the reporting requirement.
But the result is to relax scrutiny of institutions that covertly spread “CCP influence in academia,” as Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, put it.
A sad thing for any president to do, whether to prevent embarrassment to domestic special interests or just wipe away another bit of his predecessor’s legacy.