Inside the Ring: FBI Investigating Confucius Institutes

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher WrayDirector of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Wray

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The FBI is investigating scores of Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes around the country over concerns the institutes are part of covert spying and influence operations.

The centers, mainly located on American college campuses, ostensibly were set up to teach Chinese language and culture. But they have become centers for spreading pro-China propaganda and influence activities, including organizing Chinese communist student groups that challenge human rights activists and others.

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray told a Senate hearing this week the FBI is investigating the institutes.

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

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