The Chinese State spends billions of dollars annually on teaching the Chinese language to the rest of the world through hundreds of Confucius Institutes across the world. However, these institutes are accused by the US Congress, the US State Department, media reports, and non-profit organisations of furthering the Chinese state’s agenda, stifling free speech, and weaponing language in the garb of teaching it.
Confucius Institutes, run by a Chinese government agency known as Hanban, are operated in partnership with a host country’s college or university. There have been instances when they have influenced host institution’s decision-making.
In 2008, Israel’s Tel Aviv University closed an art exhibition on Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that originated in China. The following year, America’s North Carolina State University cancelled a visit of Tibetan spiritual leader the 14th Dalai Lama.