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US colleges report fewer foreign gifts after Biden takes office, sparking concern from Rep. Gallagher

US colleges have reported that they received fewer gifts from foreign countries after Biden took office. This has prompted concern by Rep. Gallagher

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Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin is questioning an almost $1.5 billion drop in reports of foreign gifts to U.S. college and university colleges and universities after President Biden became president.

Education Department 2019 and 2020 cracking down on schools’ acceptance of foreign gifts under Section 117The Higher Education Act was created to monitor the amount of foreign funds from China and Qatar that are being used in American education systems.

Gallagher informed Miguel Cardona in Wednesday’s letter that U.S. schools had received $1.6 million in foreign gifts between Jan. 20, 2021 and July 1, 2020. However, since January 20, schools have reported only $4.3million in gifts for a longer period.

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Gallagher stated that since Biden assumed office Jan. 20, foreign gift reports have absolutely dropped. 

American universities received just under $4 million in donations. It’s not a large number. This doesn’t work out. The Biden administration appears to have not opened any investigation regarding foreign funding at universities. We are left with only two options: Either the spigots were shut off for foreign gifts or the Biden administration gives universities the pass. This directly violates federal law and allows the Chinese Communist Party to have free rein to control American academia.

Gallagher’s own alma mater, Georgetown University, accepted a $10 million donation from China’s Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group in January 2016, which was meant to establish the United States-China Dialogue on Global Issues, an institution for the “cultivation of shared approaches to questions … around the globe.” 

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The congressman claims that foreign money often creates financial incentives to universities to pursue the policies of hostile foreign governments, such as those of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in his letter.

He pointed to China’s Confucius InstitutesCCP-funded education programmes that are not common in U.S. schools, prior to 2020.

Undergraduate student Moe Lewis, left, shows her watercolor painting of peony leaves at a traditional Chinese painting class at the Confucius Institute at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on May 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthew Pennington)

Only 36 Confucius Institutes had partnerships at U.S. Schools as of September 9th, eight of which were closing. According toThe National Association of Scholars. That’s down from more than 100 in 2017, but the NAS suggests that terminating these partnerships doesn’t completely solve the issue because similar programs are appearing under new names. 

The CCP-funded program quietly announced in July that it was changing the name of its Confucius Institutes Headquarters, Hanban, to the Center for Language Education and Cooperation. The party-run Global Times first reported the move, noting it would “disperse the Western misinterpretation that the organization served as China’s ideological marketing machine.”

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Gallagher sent Cardona three questions. Is the department currently investigating foreign funds or Chinese-related money? Do Confucius Institutes “rebranded” as new names present a problem for the department? This could be in relation to foreign influence campaigns, academic freedom and campus security.

The Department did not respond to these questions but said “records of foreign gifts and contracts reported to the Department by institutions are available in a searchable format here: https://sites.ed.gov/foreigngifts (this data were updated in July of this year).”

Miguel Cardona speaks after President-Elect Joe Biden announced him as his nominee for education secretary at the Queen theater Dec. 23, 2020 in Wilmington, Del. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

“The most under-recognized aspect of China’s rivalry is, I think, the use that the Chinese Communist Party makes of the United Front. [Department]Gallagher explained that Gallagher was trying to make diaspora communities around the world more influential. 

“The American population directly … it goes back to the founding of the party it’s coded into. My observation is that Americans have little understanding about how these spaces operate. American universities seem to be one of the easiest targets for Chinese United Front Work.

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He stated that China’s influence in U.S. education is “inpart an ideological competition”, and that U.S. leadership “needs to be more vigilant when protecting against China’s United Front Work.”

Additionally, he believes that the United States’ potential to win the CCP competition is dependent on whether America’s brightest and best are willing to win it. It’s also our university system that is responsible for cultivating the next generation of Americans that will help us win the competition. 

Gallagher stated that teachers and students have raised concerns over a lack in freedom of speech and a hostile environment on campus colleges.

Fox News asked for comments from the Education Department, but it did not reply immediately.

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