Isabel van Brugen reports as below in today’s The Epoch Times:
‘The institutes came under intense scrutiny from U.S. officials under the Trump administration over concerns that they spread Chinese propaganda, restrict academic freedom, and facilitate espionage in U.S. classrooms.
‘On Dec. 31, 2020, the Trump administration submitted a proposed rule, named “Establishing Requirement for Student and Exchange Visitor Program Certified Schools to Disclose Agreements with Confucius Institutes and Classrooms,” that sought to ensure colleges and K–12 schools that are certified to host foreign exchange programs disclose their financial ties to CIs and the affiliated Confucius Classrooms.
‘However, that proposal was quietly scrapped by the Biden administration on Jan. 26, according to the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which is a division of the White House’s budget office.
‘Stefanik on Tuesday accused House Democrats of being “weak on China,” adding on Twitter that she will “always be STRONG for America!”