All Confucius Institutes in the US open and transparent
December 08,2014   By:Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Q: Yesterday, US Congressman Chris Smith from New Jersey called for an investigation in a hearing on whether the Confucius Institute is stifling academic freedom of US universities. What is China's comment on this?

A: First, I can tell you that all Confucius Institutes in the US are jointly run by Chinese and American universities following the application by US universities at their own will. All teaching and cultural activities are open and transparent. China offers assistance in teachers and textbooks to the US at its request, and has never hindered academic freedom.

Second, the Confucius Institute is set up to help people from the world learn the Chinese language and culture, step up exchanges and cooperation with other countries on education and culture, and foster friendship between China and the world. Not long ago, President Xi Jinping addressed the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institutes around the world, underscoring that the Confucius Institute has proactively carried out Chinese language teaching and cultural exchange activities and played a significant role in promoting exchanges and mutual learning among different civilizations and advancing mutual understanding and friendship between people from China and around the world. The Confucius Institute belongs to China and the world as well. We hope all parties can discard prejudices and work together to cement this bridge of friendship linking China and the world.

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