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Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., is questioning a virtually $1.5 billion lower in reported overseas presents to U.S. faculties and universities since President Biden took workplace.
The Education Department in 2019 and 2020 started cracking down on faculties’ acceptance of overseas presents underneath Section 117 of the Higher Education Act in an effort to trace the scope of overseas cash from nations like China and Qatar within the U.S. schooling system.
Gallagher famous in a Wednesday letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona that, between July 1, 2020, and Jan. 20, 2021, U.S. faculties reported $1.6 billion in overseas presents. Since Jan. 20, nevertheless, faculties have reported simply $4.3 million in presents over an extended time interval.
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“Since Biden took workplace on Jan. 20, the variety of reported overseas presents has completely plummeted,” Gallagher informed Fox News Digital.
“American universities have reported simply over $4 million in donations. That’s a tiny quantity. The math does not add up. And making issues worse, it seems that the Biden administration has not launched even one new investigation into overseas funding in universities. So, in my thoughts, that leaves us with two eventualities: both spigots for overseas presents have been turned off, or the Biden administration is giving universities a go, straight violating federal regulation, and within the course of, permitting the Chinese Communist Party free reign to affect American academia with none transparency.”
Gallagher’s personal alma mater, Georgetown University, accepted a $10 million donation from China’s Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group in January 2016, which was meant to determine the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues, an establishment for the “cultivation of shared approaches to questions … across the globe.”
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In his letter, the congressman alleges that overseas cash “usually creates monetary incentives for universities to behave within the coverage pursuits of adversarial overseas governments” such because the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
He pointed to China’s Confucius Institutes, CCP-funded education schemes that weren’t unusual in U.S. faculties previous to 2020, for example.
As of Sept. 9, there have been simply 36 Confucius Institutes with partnerships at U.S. faculties, together with eight which are getting ready to shut, based on the National Association of Scholars. That’s down from greater than 100 in 2017, however the NAS means that terminating these partnerships does not utterly remedy the difficulty as a result of comparable applications are showing underneath new names.
The CCP-funded program quietly introduced in July that it was altering the identify of its Confucius Institutes Headquarters, Hanban, to the Center for Language Education and Cooperation. The party-run Global Times first reported the transfer, noting it might “disperse the Western misinterpretation that the group served as China’s ideological advertising and marketing machine.”
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Gallagher requested Cardona three questions in his letter: Has the Education Department reinterpreted Section 117 or offered new steering to larger schooling establishments about present reporting thresholds, and is that info publicly out there? Has the division opened any new investigations involving Chinese or different overseas cash since January 20? Do Confucius Institutes which have “rebranded” underneath a brand new identify pose a priority to the division by way of overseas affect campaigns and educational freedom on campuses.
The Department didn’t reply to those questions however mentioned “information of overseas presents and contracts reported to the Department by establishments can be found in a searchable format right here: https://websites.ed.gov/foreigngifts (this knowledge have been up to date in July of this 12 months).”
“I feel probably the most poorly understood facet of our competitors with China is the way in which through which the Chinese Communist Party makes use of the United Front Work [Department] with a view to affect diaspora populations all over the world,” Gallagher mentioned.
“The American inhabitants straight … it goes again to the founding of the social gathering it is coded into. And it is simply been my statement that we’ve a poor understanding of how they function in that area, and I feel American universities are one of many softest targets for Chinese United Front Work.”
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He added that he believes China’s affect on U.S. faculties is “partially an ideological competitors” that many individuals are unaware of and that U.S. leaders “have to be extra vigilant in defending in opposition to China’s United Front Work.”
He additionally believes the United States’ means “to win this competitors with the CCP goes to come back down as to whether our greatest and brightest in America dedicate themselves to profitable that competitors, and it is our college system, which is meant to be cultivating that subsequent era of Americans who’re going to assist us win this competitors.”
Instead, some college students and academics have expressed issues a few lack of free speech and “hostile setting” on faculty campuses, Gallagher mentioned.
The Education Department didn’t instantly reply to Fox News’ request for remark.
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