Pompeo and DeVos warn about Confucius Institute influence in US classrooms and campuses

The leaders of the State Department and the Education Department joined forces to warn that K-12 classrooms and universities nationwide are being targeted by the Chinese Communist Party’s influence operations, including the presence of Confucius Institutes on campus.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sent letters on Friday to the chief state school officers for all 50 states related to grade school and high school education, as well as to the presidents of U.S. colleges and other institutions of higher learning, warning about China’s influence on learning in the United States and specifically calling out Confucius Classrooms and Confucius Institutes.

This comes as the State Department ramps up its critiques of China’s actions (including its coronavirus cover-up, the oppression of the Uyghurs, its power grab in Hong Kong, the military build-up in the South China Sea, China’s potential use of Huawei and apps such as

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