On Balance by Robert Delaney
US curbs on China’s Confucius Institutes are welcome, but they’re not the real target
- The Trump administration should drop the far-fetched narrative that Beijing is foisting Communist Party propaganda on unsuspecting Americans learning Mandarin, and focus on the real threats China’s authoritarian government poses
Robert Delaney is the Post’s North America bureau chief. He spent 11 years in China as a language student and correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg, and continued covering the country as a correspondent and an academic after leaving. His debut novel, The Wounded Muse, draws on actual events that played out in Beijing while he lived there.