Bavaria Probes Confucius Institutes

published on July 2, 2020

and more and more countries are

investigating their Confucius Institutes

and probing whether they are used by the

Chinese regime as tools of influence

censorship and discrimination in Germany

a state parliament had the first hearing

ever probing the Institute's rule and

edie's Germany correspondent Christian

Watson has the story

on Sue's date the Bavarian parliament

had Germany's first hearing on Confucius

Institutes the Chinese regime has set up

those organizations usually at

universities formally to promote Chinese

culture critics say they are part of the

CCP's global soft power campaign in

Bavaria one member of Parliament's had

to threaten to sue before the government

reveals that the Confucius Institutes in

Nuremberg has been funded with taxpayer

money for six years as a member of

parliament one is somewhat wary if of

all things the cooperation with the

Chinese Communist Party or its extended

arm through Confucius Institutes is kept

secret a former state governor denied

the Institute is part of Beijing

influence operations and I consider this

partnership with sponsorship to be a

very very important argument because it

enables wise leadership to say we are

not just the extended arm of Beijing but

we are the bridge that has to promote

cultural exchange he also said the

taxpayer-funded subsidies a lot of

Institute's to be more independence from

Beijing and there are no taboo topics

doris lee director of the documentary in

the name of confucius does not find us

convincing she said she met three

representatives of german Confucius

Institutes who told her they had to sign

a paper agreeing not to discuss certain

topics

those include independence for Taiwan

and Tibet concentration camps in

Xinjiang and the Tiananmen Square

massacre she also points out a

discrimination policy practiced at all

Institutes and Confucius Institutes also

discriminate people who practice Falun

Gong which is

the breaches to human rights codes in

any democratic country this requirements

is even listed on the english-language

website of hanbin the agency under which

the ccp's Education Ministry is

operating the Institute's Falun Gong is

a spiritual practice based on

truthfulness compassion and tolerance

that has been persecuted in China for

over 20 years

reporting by Christian Watson entity

News Berlin

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