A Washington Free Beacon review of federal records shows that some of the most "prestigious" institutions of higher learning in our nation have been on the dole of communist China for quite some time – meaning the curriculum they are forcing on the next generation of American youth is skewed in favor of communism and all the horrors that go along with it.
Northwestern University and the University of California, Irvine, for instance, both received about $4 million in "research funding" from the communist Chinese regime via the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, a Chinese defense contractor that was caught using the stolen designs of American F-35 fighter jets to build knockoff planes for the communist Chinese military.
Duke University in Durham, N.C., is another institution that is so intertwined with communist China that it actually runs a joint campus there with none other than Wuhan University, which is located near the Wuhan Institute of Virology where the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) originated.
All in all, institutions controlled by the Chinese government, including state-owned enterprises, state-controlled public universities, government-controlled nonprofits, and other sources forked over nearly half a billion dollars to American colleges and universities between 2014 and 2019, demonstrating the extent to which communist China holds sway over American education.
"It is imperative that the U.S. government dams up the torrent of CCP-linked money currently flowing into our education system," says Ian Easton, senior director of the Project 2049 Institute think tank group. "For U.S. national security, the implications of a continuation of the current arrangement are grave."
After combing through nearly 1,000 Chinese donations to U.S. universities as logged into the Department of Education (DoE) database, Free Beacon found that 198 separate Chinese government entities funneled money to more than a dozen American universities.
"The biggest regime-backed donors were Chinese universities, which collectively donated more than $192 million to U.S. colleges," Free Beacon reports.
"These donations funded a wide variety of projects, but more than 40 percent of the money came from institutions that have been identified as close research partners of the Chinese military by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute's China Defense Universities Tracker."
Amazingly, there is actually far more money than the aforementioned $315 million that has flowed out of communist China and other nations into American universities. A DoE audit found that U.S. universities failed to disclose more than $6.5 billion in foreign funding from communist China and other countries in recent years.
All of this questionable funding has been used to push various agendas as outlined by the foreign actors that "donated" it. This requires a full-scale investigation to get to the bottom of why the money was sent, what it was used for, and most importantly, how it can be stopped.
According to Easton, the communist Chinese military, thanks to its boatloads of cash, can easily exploit state-owned institutions in particular for the purpose of acquiring valuable American research knowledge.
"The CCP's armed-wing, the People's Liberation Army, has access to any and all information collected by Chinese entities at American universities," he says. "Xi Jinping's military-civil fusion strategy has removed even the thin cloak of plausible deniability Chinese companies and other civilian organizations previously could hide behind."
The good news is that U.S. policymakers have at least begun to tackle the problem of communist Chinese influence on American universities.
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