Sure, the Confucius Institute sounds like a harmless language program being offered at your university. But it’s also been accused of engaging in industrial and military espionage, has been called “an important part of China’s overseas propaganda setup,” by the former head of China’s Propaganda Department, and is controlled by Chinese embassies and consulates.
The Toronto District School Board almost got it’s very own Confucius Institute. Until a massive outcry by parents unleashed a storm of protest, revealed some very shady dealings, and may have lead to the sudden retirement of Chris Bolton, the TDSB chair.
This China Uncensored video investigates. American Uncensored News Network gives a hat tip to China Uncensored for good work on this.