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Transparency Still Needed for China’s Influence on US Universities




The way President Joe Biden handles U.S. relations with China will be closely watched and judged.

In the early going, the president seems to want to stay on a course framed by the recognition that we are once more in an era of great-power competition.

For that, the Biden team should be praised. However, it’s what the administration does in the weeks and months to come that will determine whether history awards it horns or halos.

One important matter already hanging in the air is whether the dealings between U.S. colleges and universities and their Confucius Institutes— Chinese-funded “cultural centers” that reside on campus—will be made public. Already, it is proving a test of Biden’s bid to be tougher on China than the famously accommodating Obama administration.



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