The United States lists the American Center of the Confucius Institute as a "foreign mission" Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Strongly dissatisfied, firmly opposed
China News Service, Beijing, August 14 (Reporter Liang Xiaohui) Regarding the US designation of the Confucius Institute's American Center as a "foreign mission", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a regular press conference on the 14th that this is a China China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the demonization and stigmatization of the normal operation of US cooperation projects.
According to media reports, the United States recently stated that it would list the Confucius Institute America Center as a "foreign mission." US Secretary of State Pompeo stated in a statement that the Confucius Institute America Center is part of the CCP’s propaganda organization to expand its global influence. What's your comment?
Zhao Lijian responded that the relevant US approach is to demonize and stigmatize the normal operation of China-US cooperation projects. We express our strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to this.
Zhao Lijian pointed out that the Confucius Institute is a bridge and link to help people from all countries learn Chinese, understand China, and strengthen educational and cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries. For a long time, Confucius Institutes in the United States have applied for voluntary universities. Chinese and American universities have been established in cooperation based on the principles of mutual respect, friendly consultation, equality and mutual benefit. Its operation and management are open and transparent, strictly abide by local laws, and abide by the university's regulations. It has made a positive contribution to the promotion of cultural exchanges between China and the United States. It is generally welcomed by the university and all walks of life in the United States.
Zhao Li insisted that for a period of time, some people in the United States, out of ideological prejudice and self-interest, have grossly interfered and obstructed the normal operation of Sino-US cooperation projects including Confucius Institutes, which is totally unacceptable. We have also noticed that Pompeo cited a large number of so-called reports and reports that have no factual basis in his statement, which were made out of nothing. This can be seen in Luo Zhi’s intention to suppress the Confucius Institute.
“We urge the United States to abandon the Cold War zero-sum game mindset, immediately correct its mistakes, stop politicizing relevant educational exchange programs, stop interfering with normal cultural exchanges between China and the United States, and stop damaging China-US mutual trust and cooperation." Zhao Lijian said, "We reserve the right The right to make further reactions to this matter." (End)