Reuters Is reporting that Stanford professors are urging the United States to end its hunt for Chinese spies within academia. The reason is, of course, racism. Strangely enough most of the Chinese spies we catch turn out to be Chinese – that’s not common sense apparently. That is – according to the big brains at Stanford – “racial profiling.”
Stanford’s opposition should come as no great surprise to anyone who has followed the wide-ranging and very successful efforts of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to penetrate our institutions of higher learning. Stanford, like many of our top schools, was bought off by the Chinese a long time ago.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, Stanford has accepted more funds from China since 2013 than all but three other schools in the U.S. During the period in question, Stanford reported $58.1 million in China-based gifts and contracts, according to an analysis by Bloomberg. Stanford has only reported the names of the donors for a tiny fraction of this amount. Almost of all it, despite Department of Education requirements, came from sources, which to this day remain anonymous.
Stanford accepted all these funds despite warnings from the United States government about the growing influence of China on American campuses. In 2018, the FBI issued a report indicating some foreign scholars on American campuses “seek to illicitly or illegitimately acquire U.S. academic research and information to advance their scientific, economic, and military development goals.” The report noted the Chinese government “has historically sponsored economic espionage, and China is the world’s principal infringer of intellectual property.”
Law enforcement warned particularly about Confucius Institutes, which allow Chinese nationals access to American students and intellectual property. The institutes are funded largely by an entity that reports to the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee. Confucius Institutes spread Chinese propaganda and disinformation particularly regarding Tibet, Tiananmen, Xinjiang, the Falun Gong, and other human rights issues in China.
Despite these warnings, Stanford opened a Confucius Institute on campus in 2012. In exchange, Stanford received $4 million in Chinese money.
Recently, Stanford University rolled out a new center hosting scholars, guests, and programs affiliated with groups backed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions opened in February of 2021. The center operates under the umbrella of the Freeman Spogli Institute, a foreign policy consortium tied to Peking University, which is run by former Chinese spymaster Qiu Shuiping. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute designated Peking University a “high risk” university for its partnerships with military research programs on nuclear technology.
“Higher education has yet to truly grasp the threat of close partnership with the Chinese government. Confucius Institutes continue to close left and right, but many colleges are simply replacing them with similar centers still funded by China. Stanford not only maintains a Confucius Institute but has just launched another center with alarming attachments.”
“Stanford has extensive business interests in and very deep entanglements with the PRC. For example, Stanford established the “Stanford Center at Peking University” in 2012 purportedly for “collaboration” with Chinese researchers. As Stanford must know, Peking University is directly controlled by Chinese Communist Party officials and recently even amended its charter to reinforce its long-standing role as a tool of the Chinese communists.Rachelle Peterson, a senior fellow at the National Association of Scholars
Stanford’s failure to disclose where its “Chinese money” has come from has resulted in an investigation by the Department of Education. In the August 2020 letter announcing the investigation the Department of Education stated in part.
“Although Chinese students have actively protested CCP control of and the increasingly strict CCP restrictions on free speech and free expression at universities and elsewhere, it appears that Stanford’s last notable public comment on these concerns was published in January 2013. At that time, discussing Stanford’s “Confucius Institute,” (CI) Stanford did at least note that “[t]here has been some controversy over the grand mission here.” In fact, there is a very grave concern regarding the “grand mission” of each Confucius Institute, particularly at America’s leading scientific universities. CIs are well known to actively facilitate one of the world’s most repressive, authoritarian regime’s insidious efforts to bolster its influence and image at classically liberal universities. The alarm regarding the influence of CIs at America’s universities has only grown in the years since Stanford’s joint efforts with its CCP-sponsored CI commenced. Bipartisan warnings by policy makers have repeatedly been raised regarding this growing threat. “https://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/leg/stanford-20200810.pdf
Chinese spies have operated on our soil with impunity for decades. Under the Trump administration, we began to first tentative steps toward addressing this problem. Platforms like the Confucius Institutes, which exist to support Chinese collection and influence operations on our soil began to close. Chinese intelligence officers were arrested.
Trump is gone. The Manchurian President and his mandarins are in charge. China’s minions are emboldened and fighting back. They want the heat turned off. They want to return to looting this nation of its most precious national security and technological secrets.
Don’t count on Joe to stand in their way.