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University Of Arizona Closing Chinese-Funded Confucius Institute

The University of Arizona is closing its Confucius Institute. The Chinese language and cultural center is partially funded by the Chinese government, and this most recent closure is just the latest in a string of them that have come in recent years.

The university cited changes in federal laws and policy in its announcement and —  as the Arizona Daily Star reported — it made sure to tell Chinese teachers, staff and partners that their contributions have been appreciated since the institute’s founding in 2007.

Last year, ASU closed its Confucius Institute as well,  joining many others around the country as concerns have been raised about potential Chinese propaganda.

For more on how this fits into the national and international picture, The Show got a hold of Elizabeth Redden, a reporter at Inside Higher Ed.

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