Teacher body calls for closure of Confucius institutes

The Canadian Association of University Teachers, or CAUT, is calling on universities and colleges to cut ties with Confucius institutes, which it says are “subsidised and supervised by the authoritarian government of China”, writes Omid Ghoreishi for Epoch Times.

CAUT, which represents close to 70,000 academic professionals in Canada, passed a resolution last month asking Canadian universities and colleges to shut down Confucius institutes on their campuses, and those in negotiations to get an institute to cease doing so.

The institutes, funded by the Chinese government with hundreds of branches worldwide, are branded as promoting Chinese language and culture. They are overseen by China’s Office of Chinese Language Council International, or Hanban, and have been cited by intelligence agencies as organisations used by the regime to extend its ‘soft power’.
Full report on the Epoch Times site