Students write Chinese calligraphy at the Confucius Institute in Brussels, Belgium, in this 2017 file photo. Photo: XinhuaStudents write Chinese calligraphy at the Confucius Institute in Brussels, Belgium, in this 2017 file photo. Photo: Xinhua
Students write Chinese calligraphy at the Confucius Institute in Brussels, Belgium, in this 2017 file photo. Photo: Xinhua
Maria Siow
Opinion

Opinion

Maria Siow

China should rethink how Confucius Institutes operate or risk undermining soft power efforts

  • The institutes are clearly bearing the fallout from fractured US-China ties, but more could be done to alleviate West’s concerns of academic interference
  • They should take heart at their success educating more than 9 million students worldwide and consider reforming their approach

Students write Chinese calligraphy at the Confucius Institute in Brussels, Belgium, in this 2017 file photo. Photo: XinhuaStudents write Chinese calligraphy at the Confucius Institute in Brussels, Belgium, in this 2017 file photo. Photo: Xinhua
Students write Chinese calligraphy at the Confucius Institute in Brussels, Belgium, in this 2017 file photo. Photo: Xinhua
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