As students head to college each semester, the influence of the Chinese Communist Party on their campus is an unlikely point of discussion.
However, John Metz, the president of the Athenai Institute, said his group is “committed to removing the influence of the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party from U.S. college campuses.”
Metz discussed some of the potential downsides to accepting money from the Chinese Communist Party.
“So, we estimate that between 2018 and 2021, U.S. universities received more than a billion dollars in gifts and contracts from mainland China, and that includes everything from funding for Confucius Institutes, which we talked about a moment ago, to research partnerships and joint degree programs and so on,” Metz said.
“All of these, in our view, create a dangerous financial incentive for U.S. universities to turn the other way while the CCP censors our students, steals advanced technology, and engages in the high tech repression of its own people,” said Metz,
All of these financial entanglements really are a danger to national security because they prevent universities from really doing their due diligence to make sure that the research they support is not sort of putting that technology in the wrong hands.
Metz joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss more about the influence of the Chinese Communist Party at college and universities, what he hopes the U.S. Congress will address policy-wise next year, and the dangers of TikTok.
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