(This article is translated from Chinese to English by google translate.)
Source: The Epoch Times by Huang Qin, Dec. 30, 2019 updated
After the award-winning film “In The Name of Confucius” was screened in Germany’s top ten cities, the impact of the “Confucius Institute” on Germany and potential threats have. It attracted the attention of the German media. “Daily Mirror” published an article “The first batch of universities reconsidered the controversial Confucius Institute” on December 22, mentioning that the University of Dusseldorf is no longer renewing the Confucius Institute, the old contract will be terminated in April next year, The University of Hamburg also said it would no longer provide funding for the Confucius Institute.
The newspaper quoted German lawmaker Jens Brandenburg (FDP), who is in charge of education and scientific research, as saying, “Now is the time for the Minister of Science and universities to discuss the dangers and background of China’s (CCP) influence. He believes that close financial links jeopardize the freedom of science.
The film director Doris Liu introduced on her Facebook that this year was the year when the Confucius Institute suffered its biggest frustration. Nearly 20 organizers including the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and many other countries have closed or will close the Confucius Institute. The number of closed Confucius Institutes has exceeded 40.
During her trip to Germany, Doris met with representatives from the Confucius Institute at the University of Leipzig, Hamburg and Göttingen. Doris thanked these representatives for their open discussion with her. She said that although most of the 19 Confucius Institutes in Germany were opened off university campuses and were less affected by the Chinese side, their discriminatory policies against Hanban’s recruitment of Chinese staff at the Confucius Institute and academic censorship in the Confucius Institute prohibiting the discussion of CCP ’s taboo topics Showing disapproval shows that the basic principles and values of the university have been eroded, which is worrying.
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