The Trump administration’s crackdown on China in various fields is nothing new. Chinese Internet companies have been suppressed by Trump many times this year, especially Bytedance. This very influential Chinese company in the international community was suppressed by the United States this year. Not only has it been removed from the Google Store, it will also face a US ban in the future.
and in other In the field, Trump has not concealed his determination to attack China. In addition to frequently provoking China in the military, Trump also focused on the Confucius Institute.
According to the Fox News interview with Pompeo on September 1, the Confucius Institute is now another fish on the cutting board. He said in the interview that he believes that everyone can see the risks posed by Confucius Institutes. He believes that Confucius Institutes have been committed to recruiting spies and collaborators in American universities, which has posed a huge risk to American security.
In addition, Pompeo also mentioned a series of measures taken by the U.S. government to restrict Chinese companies, indicating that there may be further actions. Pompeo said:”You will see a broader behavior. I think in the next period of time, we will see that the United States will treat this issue in a very serious way. Everything is for the economic interests of the United States.”
Previously, Trump said in his speech that the Confucius Institute is a propaganda agency for China to expand its global influence, and that the Confucius Institute is required to register as a diplomatic mission rather than an academic institution. It has caused great difficulties to the operation of the Confucius Institute.
In fact, Confucius Institutes do not have such great influence at all. Although they have been established for more than ten years, the influence of Confucius Institutes has always been quite limited. Over the years, Confucius Institutes have always existed as an educational exchange institution. In recent years, Confucius Institutes in many countries have been closed because no one cares about them.
Although it is said that many universities in the United States have opened, but because it will not affect the credits, so the Confucius Institute has no ability to make Pompeo. Those things to blame. This organization is harmless to any country. Pompeo claimed in his speech that the Confucius Institute must be shut down because it was splashing dirty water.
In fact, The start of such a harmless organization was entirely out of Cold War mentality. The closure of the Confucius Institute has little influence on the material level, and the main purpose is still to shape Trump’s tough external image. Many universities in the United States have expressed their opposition to this. The Confucius Institute is a bridge between them and China for other cooperation projects, and the closure of the Confucius Institute by administrative order has caused interference to academic freedom.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zhao Lijian once said about the incident:We urge the United States to abandon the Cold War zero-sum game mindset, immediately correct its mistakes, and stop politicizing related educational exchange programs. , Stop interfering with normal people-to-people exchanges between China and the United States, and stop damaging China-US mutual trust and cooperation. We reserve the right to make further responses to this matter.