Target: Portland State University Board of Trustees
PSU’s mission states, “We believe everyone should be treated with integrity and respect.” As evidence mounts, it is clear that Confucius Institutes don’t believe in or abide by PSU’s mission. This is because they are controlled by the highest levels of the Chinese government and act as a tool in Beijing’s aim to legitimize their authoritarian government on the world stage. Though marketed as a language and cultural exchange program, they are designed to use their foothold in academic institutions to influence and steer academic discourse. Ultimately, CIs aims to shape public opinion on China and censor and silence discussions on important political and human rights issues, such as those relating to Tibetans, Uyghurs, Taiwanese, Falun Gong practitioners, and the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
Call on UMass’ Board of Trustees to close China’s Confucius Institute at UMass Boston.
Target: Robert J. Manning, UMass Board of Trustees Chair
UMass Boston’s Confucius Institute threatens academic freedom and free speech. It is controlled by the Chinese Government, and a central part of its soft power plan to improve the global of view of China’s authoritarian system. Confucius Institutes aim to censor and silence discussions on important political and human rights issues like Tibet, East Turkestan, Taiwan, Falun Gong and Tiananmen Square. The UMass Board of Trustees should end this partnership with the Chinese government at once.
UPDATE: UMass Boston severs ties with Confucius Institute
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