What are CIs?

Confucius Institutes are educational programs backed by China’s Ministry of Education in partnerships with educational institutions outside China. Their stated aim is to promote Chinese language and culture.

Why are they a threat?

Chinese government censorship and propaganda on topics such as Tibet, Taiwan and Tiananmen are reaching our students in high schools and universities all over the world.

What can I do?

Students, academics, parents, politicians and people of conscience around the around the world have already spoken up. Join them and take action: Say No to China’s Confucius Institutes!

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“Confucius institutes are an important part of our soft power. We want to expand China’s influence. This relies on our instructors, CIs and language.”
Xu Lin
Hanban Director General
“The Confucius Institute is an appealing brand for expanding our culture abroad. It has made an important contribution toward improving our soft power. The ‘Confucius’ brand has a natural attractiveness. Using the excuse of teaching Chinese language, everything looks reasonable and logical.”
Li Changchun
Former member of Politburo Standing Committee, CCP
“We do share concerns about the Confucius Institutes, we've been watching that development for a while…it's just one of many tools that they take advantage of… it is something we're watching warily and, in certain instances, have developed appropriate investigative steps.”
Chris Wray
FBI Director

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