Explainer: what are Confucius Institutes and do they teach Chinese propaganda?

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Government concerns about Chinese influence in Australia continue. One example is the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme, which seeks to provide for the public and government visibility of the nature, level and extent of foreign influence on Australia’s government and political process. It has been reported the Attorney-General’s Department has written to universities that host Confucius Institutes, asking them to register the institutes under the scheme. Confucius Institutes are Chinese language and culture centres set up through partnerships between an Australian university, a Chinese university and Hanban – an organisation directly under China’s Ministry of Education.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2019

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  • Confucius Institutes
  • Tertiary education
  • Chinese influence


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