GOP: China Has Infiltrated US Higher Education To Impede Coronavirus Research

Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News,

Congressional Republicans are accusing China of attempting to hinder US coronavirus research by infiltrating US universities and spreading communist propaganda.

Reuters reports that ranking GOP members across seven House committees have delivered a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that warns Beijing is indoctrinating American students.

The letter was signed by Congressman Jim Jordan, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight committee, as well as by members on the Homeland Security, Science, Armed Services, Education and Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees.

The letter requests that DeVos provide more information pertaining to the allegations against China, including all documents related to schools that have accepted funds from China, as well as details of any investigations into colleges and education officials who may have accepted “gifts” from the communist state.

“We write to seek a better understanding of the Department’s efforts to address unreported foreign direct investment into the U.S. higher education system,” the letter reads.

We have been concerned about the potential for the Chinese government to use its strategic investments to turn American college campuses into indoctrination platforms for American students,” the congressmen further write.

China has strategically invested in U.S. academia to attempt to steal confidential information and technology from U.S. companies, and even the U.S. government, the lawmakers state in the letter, pointing to a 2018 report from the Hoover Institution identifying upwards of 110 Confucius Institutes operating on American colleges to facilitate China’s espionage and theft of intellectual property.

They add that “Besides China peddling money for influence in U.S. institutions of higher education (IHE), China is restricting any research regarding the origins of COVID-19 that does not comport with CCP propaganda.”

These actions “bring into question whether U.S. [institutes of higher education] receiving federal taxpayer dollars should be allowed to accept funds from China, the CCP, or other affiliated organizations,” the letter concludes.

Commenting on the letter, Rep. Jim Jordan said “We cannot allow a dangerous communist regime to buy access to our institutions of higher education, plain and simple.”

“The Chinese Communist Party’s cover-up of the early outbreak of the coronavirus immeasurably worsened this disease’s impact on the United States and the world.” Jordan urged, adding that “We owe it to the American people to hold China accountable and to prevent them from doing further harm to our country.”

The suspicions of Chinese infiltration of US higher education pre-dates the coronavirus crisis, with the Department of Education instigating an investigation into several universities last year to determine if they had failed to disclose foreign funding.

In February, the department announced it has uncovered $6.5 billion so far in undisclosed foreign funding from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, China and Russia. The investigation has since been expanded to include Harvard and Yale.

The FBI has previously issued warnings regarding China investing in American higher education to steal sensitive information, primarily via access through federal grants.

In January, the Department of Justice also arrested a professor at Harvard, as well as two Chinese nationals for reportedly acting as foreign agents.

Last year President Donald Trump signed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act which proposed an ultimatum to universities receiving financial assistance from the Pentagon: close the Chinese propaganda center on campus or lose funding. Since that time, at least 49 schools have closed their Confucius Institute, according to Human Rights Watch.

via zerohedge

7 comments

  1. CAN anyone not believe this corona virus wasn’t a lab created illegal world germ war fare by china & dems for dictatorial power ? The dem’s last chance to win the 2020 election has all the stench of high treason .. !

  2. Just how did a different strain develop (west coast vs east coast) in such a short period of time when it was expected to take 9 to 12 months for that to develop.

    1. That’s par for the course of the life-span of any virus. What can kill it can also turn it into a new genome.
      Think of the scenario like trying to kill fleas on your dog. The bug’s lifespan is so short, and they reproduce so fast in such huge numbers, it’s inevitable that eventually some will mutate to withstand the chemical onslaught of the flea collars, drops or baths you try to use.
      Viruses also mutate and reproduce in astounding numbers, and also have a rather short lifespan.

      Add that to the routes the virus took to get on the east coast vs the west coast. The Chinese Communist allowed the Wuhan people to leave the country, even though they quarantined the city away from other parts of China. Chinese nationals flew to California to sit out the ‘lockdown’ with relatives and a compliant California government. They also flew back to Italy after visiting the New Year’s celebration in China; something few Chinese nationals will avoid. The New Year celebration is the highlight of the year, and almost sacrilegious to miss.

      Italy had literally hundreds of thousand Chinese nationals working in the clothing districts of northern Italy. Italy allowed China to come in a purchase many of the clothing manufacturing companies, and they sent their people in to do the work instead of hiring locals (it’s what they try to do everywhere).

      The east coast (New England) was hit by the European version of the virus that had mutated somewhat in Italy and the surrounding regions. New York kept allowing flights in and out of their state even after Trump called for the borders to be closed. The west coast was the same. Both coasts (blue states) allowed those foreign “family members” of California and New York citizens to fly in, and scurry away without any measures taken to control the virus.

  3. It’s past time to kick China’s ass out of the US. Prosecute every dirty politician, school administration and anyone one else including Hunter Biden for taking money from these dirty communists. We need to take back our manufacturing and pharmaceuticals back and anyone against that should also be prosecuted or deported to China. China lies, cheats and steals for a living. WTFU America. If anyone supports these bastards they too should be prosecuted for treason. Kick their diplomats out too.

  4. Sen. Tom Cotton has spoken about revoking student visas of Chinese National students, penalizing U.S. schools who take Chinese ‘donations’, nationalizing Chinese-owned businesses, and freezing Chinese held bank accounts and assets, and requiring U.S. businesses to come back to America and stop doing business on the Chinese mainland.
    I’m all for kicking all Chinese nationals out of the country. If they want asylum, OK. That’s a different subject. Even then they should be heavily vetted.
    China needs to pay dearly for what they’ve done to the world.
    We can help by not buying Chinese goods, or supporting U.S. schools that sell-out to China.

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