special: Rep. Elise Stefanik on Tuesday enacted legislation that would limit federal funding for institutions of higher education that partner with the Republic of China as Republicans aim for taxpayer money for so-called Confucian institutions.

The bill, first received by Granthshala News, is titled “End College Chinese Communist Partnership Act” or “End College CBS Act”.


The law would block any institution of higher education or post-modern educational institution from receiving federal education, if it included a contractual partnership under the influence of an entity directly or indirectly owned or controlled by the “Government of the People’s Republic of China” Is, or organized under the laws of the People’s Republic of China. “

Education departments that are provided directly to students are exempted from Stephanic’s law.

After Stephen’s rebuke, the Biden administration withdrew a rule requiring schools participating in some federal programs to establish ties with Confucian institutions, which were accused of propagating the Chinese Communist Party’s approach in American classrooms. has been applied.

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Stephen’s bill would allow institutions to restore eligibility to receive federal funds if they descended from the Secretary of Education for “all contractual involvement” with the entity concerned for the past 10 years and provided “substantial evidence” to the Department of Education That such participation has ended. “

Stephanic told Granthshala News, “The House Democrats have stopped my amendment last week, but their dangerous partisan blocking will not prevent me from standing up for America and forcefully against China.” “I am proud to implement the End College Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Act to curb taxpayer dollars through American educational institutions to benefit the CCP once and for all.”

Stephanic, R-No, a similar amendment was proposed last week for President Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package that would withhold federal funds from US schools partnering with China’s Confucian Institutes. This amendment was blocked by Democrats.

Stephanic’s legislation states that Congress has found that the Chinese Communist Party is “engaged in a sustained effort to undermine all aspects of American power through United States influence campaigns,” and that the CCP has “hundreds Engaged in the theft of billions ”of dollar value for intellectual property and academic and scientific research on college campuses, both within national campuses and within the private sector. “

The bill also states that the CCP has “attempted to recruit Chinese Americans and ethnic Chinese within the United States for intelligence collection and coercion to advance CCP ideology and agendas,” and warned that The CCP ideology “has gained a foothold in all aspects.” Our society, which includes education, business, entertainment and media. “

“The CCP and its diplomats, through Confucian institutions, have monitored students on American campuses and forced their views on our institutions of higher education,” the law reads, noting that publicity efforts “in academia” Through, “CCP” has censored. Have repeatedly intervened in discussions and campus-wide incidents on Tibet and Taiwan. “


The bill states that CCP military officers have “repeatedly used cover identification, and other deceptive tactics, to obscure the true nature of their activities in the United States, including students studying in American universities.” , “And warned that their” talent recruitment schemes “” are designed to attract, recruit, and cultivate foreign talent in advancing China’s strategic interests and reward individuals for stealing United States assets. ” . “

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China began establishing the Confucian Institute on college campuses in 2004, including for the first time at the University of Maryland in the US. According to government reports, the number of Confucian institutions in the US has exceeded 100, the highest in any country.

K-12 grade schools also have Confucian classrooms.

Former President Donald Trump proposed a rule on December 31 that would require schools to certify students and visitor programs to share financial and financial exchanges with Confucian Institute and classrooms. Have to exchange.

The rule was withdrawn in late January.

according to a Senate report published in 2019, Confucian Institute funding “comes with strings that may compromise academic freedom.”

“Chinese government approves all teachers, events and speakers,” The Report good Tells. “Some American schools agree on the contract that both Chinese and American law will apply.”

“Chinese teachers sign contracts with Chinese government, saying they will not harm China’s national interests,” Report good Tells. “Such boundaries attempt to export censorship of China’s political debate and prevent discussion of potentially politically sensitive topics.”

The report also stated that the institutions “exist” as part of China’s “comprehensive, long-term strategy”.

“Through Confucian institutions, the Chinese government is attempting to change the perception that China is an economic and security threat, both in the United States and around the world.” Report good Tells. “The soft power of Confucian institutions encourages complacency against China’s broad, long-term initiative against government critics, both at home and in businesses and educational institutions.”

And intelligence and national security officials from both the Biden administration and the Trump administration have warned that China is the biggest national security threat to the United States, pointing to several specific threats – espionage, intellectual property theft and deadly foreign influence Including.

Earlier this month, Biden spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time since he took office and outlined his administration’s “core concerns” with China’s “practices, aggressive activities and abuses” for “American values.” Indicated a clear and consistent membership “. For senior administration officials.

Granthshala News’ Brittany Day Lee and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.