Confucius Institutes a 'smoke screen' for Chinese Communist Party 'propaganda,' Cabot Phillips says

  • Campus Reform Editor-in-Chief Cabot Phillips slammed Confucius Institutes in a recent interview.
  • Phillips said the Chinese Communist Party uses these centers as a "smokescreen" to spread "propaganda."

Campus Reform Editor-in-Chief Cabot Phillips blasted U.S. colleges and universities with Confucius Institutes for placing Chinese propaganda above their academic integrity. 

As Campus Reform has been reporting for years, dozens of American colleges still operate Confucius Institutes, which the Chinese Communist Party uses as a propaganda arm, according to its own former propaganda minister as well as multiple U.S. intelligence sources. While many colleges believe the Confucius Institutes on their campuses are the exception to the intelligence community's consensus, Phillips warned of such naive thinking. 

"they are using that as a smokescreen"   

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"Don't think for a second that this is out of the kindness of their hearts, that they're trying to spread the Chinese culture and teach the Chinese language," Phillips said during an interview with the Epoch Times' American Thought Leaders. Regarding the Chinese government's claim to teach Chinese language and culture at Confucius Institutes, Phillips added, "they are using that as a smokescreen." 

Phillips went on to question the level of academic integrity on college campuses, given how Confucius Institutes omit parts of Chinese history and culture that could create a negative perception of the communist regime. Philips said that what American colleges "fail to recognize" is that the Chinese Communist Party uses these centers as a "foothold" as "a way of spreading propaganda."

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Phillips specifically weighed in on the amount of money that colleges receive from China to open Confucius Institutes.

"A lot of the schools oftentimes place the benefits of getting these new buildings on campus, the benefits of these financial donations, over defending the integrity of their academic institutions," Phillips said. 

Watch the full interview at The Epoch Times...

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Jon Street is a news editor for Campus Reform. Six years ago, Jon cut his reporting teeth fresh out of college as an intern at Media Research Center's, where he interviewed multiple members of Congress and former presidential candidates. From there, he went on to complete a stint at, where his exclusive, investigative work was picked up or cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, National Review, and the Drudge Report, among others. More recently, Jon spent three years as an assistant editor at In his free time, Jon enjoys trying new coffeehouses around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and traveling back to his home state of Missouri to spend time with his family.

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