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.
In 2019 and 2020, the Education Department began 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 said that foreign gifts reported since Biden’s January 20th election have dropped dramatically.
American universities received just under $4 million in donations. This is a small amount. It doesn’t make sense. It appears the Biden administration is not conducting any new investigations into foreign funding to universities. As such, we have two options: Either the foreign gift spigots are off or the Biden government is giving the universities carte blanche, violating federal law directly, and allowing the Chinese Communist Party full control over 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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According to the letter, the congressman claims foreign money can “often create financial incentives for universities that act in the policy interest of adversarial foreign government” like the Chinese Communist Party.
He pointed to China’s Confucius InstitutesCCP-funded education programmes that are not common in U.S. schools, prior to 2020.
There were only 36 Confucius Institutes that had partnerships with U.S schools as of September 9, including eight which are 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).”
“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 stated that Gallagher spoke out in an effort to “influence diaspora populations all over the globe”.
“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, “in part,” an ideological contest that most people don’t know about and that U.S. leaders must be “more vigilant” to protect against China’s United Front Work.
His belief is that America will win with the CCP only if its brightest Americans are committed to the task. The university system is also responsible for helping to cultivate the next generation of Americans to assist us in winning this 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.