Latest Reports on Confucius Institute Controversies

Here is where you could learn about the latest development of controversies surrounding Confucius Institutes. Click on the highlighted names of media outlet to read the articles. We add new articles on top.

Institute after scrutiny from top Republican over $13.5 million taxpayer-funded hypersonic weapons grant sparking ‘national security concerns’ (June 15, 2023, Daily Mail)

ULiège ends its collaboration with the Confucius Institute (June 01, 2023, in French)

Helsinki University closes China-funded Confucius Institute (June 18th, 2022, YLE NEWS)University shuts down its CCP-linked Confucius 

China-backed Confucius Institutes face closure under veto laws (May 10th, 2021, The Sydney Morning Herald)

Decision to Close the Confucius Institute at Tufts University (Mar. 17th, 2021, Tufts University)

Biden quietly nixes Trump-era rule combating Chinese Communist-funded ‘propaganda’ centers (Feb. 7, 2021, Campus Reform)

Confucius Institute at Portland State University ended (Jan. 28, 2021, Portland State University)

Propagandavorwurf gegen Konfuzius-Institute an Österreichs Unis (Nov. 26, 2020, Kurier) (Austria)

Bâle: la Chine perd lInstitut Confucius, un outil culturel influent (Oct. 08, 2020, Le Nouvelliste) (Switzerland)

Pompeo and DeVos warn about Confucius Institute influence in US classrooms and campuses  (Oct. 12, 2020, Washington Examiner)

Designation of the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as a Foreign Mission of the PRC (Aug. 13, 2020, U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE)

Uni Hamburg beendet die Zusammenarbeit mit Konfuzius-Institut – FDP will Änderungen an allen Universitäten (Jul. 22, 2020, The Epoch Times) (Germany)

Blackburn lauds closing of University of Memphis Confucius Institute (Jun. 30, 2020, Daily Memphian)

Chinese espionage at Oklahoma University? Sen. James Lankford wants transparency (Jun. 23, 2020, Grand lake news)

Brock Universitys Closure of Beijings Confucius Institute Part of a Growing Trend (Jun. 9, 2020, The Epoch Times)

Sweden has closed all Confucius Institutes and Classrooms (May 20, 2020, ScandAsia)

Yet another university shuts down Chinese Communist Party-Funded Confucius Institute (May 04, 2020, Campus Reform)

Miami University will close its Confucius Institute this summer (Mar 06, 2020, Miami University News)

Confucius Institute at University of Arizona will close (Feb. 27, 2020, AP news)

New Mexico State’s Confucius Institute is closing; here’s why (Feb. 07, 2020, Las Cruces Sun-News)

America’s oldest Confucius Institute to close (Jan. 18, 2020, Axios)

University of Missouri ending ties with Confucius Institute  (Jan. 15, 2020, AP news)

University of Kansas Will Close Confucius Institute (Dec. 17, 2019, U.S.News)

VUB terminates cooperation with controversial Chinese institution  (Dec. 10, 2019, De Standaard)(Belgium)

Collaboration with Confucius Institute ends (Dec. 02, 2019, Our Luleå – News) (Sweden) 

Pitt suspends CI Chinese language program (Sep. 17, 2019, The PIE News)

University Establishes New Center for Asian Studies (Aug. 29, 2019, The University of Texas at Dallas News)

Chinese culture program removed from 18 New Brunswick schools   (Aug. 26, 2019, CBC News)

ASU Joins 15 Other Universities in Closing Confucius Institute (Aug. 23, 2019, Phoenix New Times)

NSW schools to scrap Confucius Classroom program after review (Aug. 22, 2019, The Epoch Times)

San Diego State University Has Shut Down Its Confucius Institute (Aug. 21, 2019, The Epoch Times)

University of Hawaii’s Confucius Institute closes as FBI raises alarm (Jul. 30, 2019, American Military News)


3 More Universities Close Confucius Institutes (May 1, 2019, Inside Higher Ed)

University of Montana shutters Confucius Institute   (Apr. 30, 2019, Missoulian)

Kentucky University Cuts Ties to its Confucius Institute  (Apr. 23, 2019, The Epoch Times)

America’s universities are finally waking up to the China threat (Apr. 4, 2019, The Washington Post)

Allegation of political influence on China’s Confucius Institutes (Apr. 2, 2019, Derstandard) (Austria)

Chinese arts and language programming to be fully integrated into East Asia Institute (Feb. 28, 2019, The University of Texas-San Antonio News)

U.S. Senate wants Confucius Institutes to change or shut down (Feb. 27, 2019, Devdiscourse)

China-funded institute set to close (Feb. 22, 2019, Minnesota Daily

Education minister pulling plug on Chinese education program in schools (Feb. 21, 2019,  CBC News)

Leiden University to end agreement with Confucius Institute (Feb. 19, 2019, Leiden University website)

New report claims China’s Confucius Institutes threaten academic freedoms and calls for a review of all current agreements in the UK  (Feb.18, 2019, CONSERVATIVE PARTY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION)

UT Transitions Strategic Focus for its Global Engagement in Asia (Jan. 24, 2019, The University of Tennessee Knoxville News)

UMass Boston severs ties with Confucius Institute (Jan. 16, 2019, CommonWealth Magazine)

USF shutters controversial Confucius Institute on New Year’s Eve (Jan. 2, 2019, Tampa Bay Times)

University of South Florida will close its CI on Dec. 31, 2018 (Dec. 31, 2018, USF website)

URI ending relationship with controversial Confucius Institute (Dec. 17, 2018, | WPRI 12 Eyewitness News)

A Case Study: The Chinese Communist Party Works to Influence Oregon (Dec. 13. 2018, The Epoch Times)

University of Michigan end agreement with Confucius Institute next year (Dec.10, 2018, University of Michigan News)

NC State is closing its Chinese-backed Confucius Institute. Is politics behind decision? (Nov. 21, 2018, The News and Observer)

Forget Hearts and Minds (Sept. 2018, Foreign Policy)

UNF’s Confucius Institute Closing by February 2019 (Aug. 14, 2018, University of North Florida)

Pentagon barred from funding Confucius Institutes on American campuses (Aug.14, 2018, The Washington Post)

Minnesota Legislators Oppose Confucius Institutes (Jul. 08,2018, Epoch Times)

Rubio, Cortez Masto Introduce Bill to Combat China’s Political Influence Operations (Jun. 28, 2018, Marco Rubio Press Releases)

ZTE Could Help Chinese ‘Institutes’ at Western Schools Become Surveillance Hubs (Jun 27, 2018, Daily Beast)

U.S. Lawmakers Target Chinese Interference in New Bill (Jun. 4, 2018, Foreign Policy)

Censorship of ‘Taiwan’ at U.S. University Sparks Concern Over Chinese Influence (May 11, 2018, Radio Free Asia)

Chinese program in Australian schools under review amid propaganda claims (May 8, 2018, SBS NEWS)

US senator challenges Florida schools with Confucius Institutes to discuss Tiananmen massacre, Liu Xiaobo (May 11, 2018, Hong Kong Free Press)

Why is the US targeting China’s Confucius Institute? (Apr. 16, 2018, DW)

Texas A&M System cuts ties with China’s Confucius Institute after congressmen’s concern over spying (Apr. 05, 2018, Dallars News)

Confucius Institute crackdown predicted as global inquiries mount (Apr. 12, 2018, Times Higher Education)

Push for transparency on campus Confucius Institutes (Mar. 30, 2018, University World News)

House Proposal Targets Confucius Institutes as Foreign Agents (Mar. 14, 2018, Foreign Policy)

US-backed culture centres under pressure in China (Mar. 13, 2018, Yahoo News)

Seth Moulton rips Chinese institute, wants it off college campuses (Mar. 09, 2018, Boston Globe)

Get China’s pernicious Confucius Institutes out of US colleges (Feb. 22, 2018, The Hill)

Waking up to China’s infiltration of American colleges (Feb. 18, 2018, The Washington Post)

The director of the FBI says the whole of Chinese society is a threat to the US — and that Americans must step up to defend themselves (Feb. 13, 2018, Business Insider UK)

FBI Director Wray says he shares Rubio’s concern with Chinese-run Confucius Institute (Feb. 13, 2018, Tampa Bay Times)

The FBI is investigating a state-affiliated Chinese institute targeted by Marco Rubio (Feb. 13, 2018, Miami Herald)

Rubio calls for end of Confucius Institute agreement (Jan. 6, 2018, The Oracle)

More Scrutiny for Confucius Institutes; One to Close (Jan. 5, 2018, Inside Higher Ed)

The full text of US Senator Marco Rubio’s letter to five Florida schools (Feb. 5, 2018, Rubio’s website)

Is ‘Confucius’ the Philippines’ new Uncle Sam?—Winning hearts and minds, Chinese-style (Jan. 23, 2018, The Guidon)

Chinese institute at UMass Boston is accused of promoting censorship (Jan. 16, 2018, Boston Globe)

How China Infiltrated U.S. Classrooms (Jan. 16, 2018, Politico Magazine)

How can scholars tackle the rise of Chinese censorship in the West? (Jan. 4, 2018, Times Higher Education)

China’s soft power offensive (Dec. 26, 2017, Politico)