Next year is the 30th anniversary of the protests that led to the June 4 crackdown across China. Wang Dan, one of the student leaders, has issued a clever challenge to Confucius Institutes (CIs) in America that is sure to bring more focus on their activities from U.S. authorities.
Buzz: Wang’s new think tank Dialogue China just released this announcement that said Wang will be joined by other key leaders from the historic event to launch:
My thought bubble: This kind of talk is likely anathema to CIs and their backers, but rejecting Wang and his team’s discussion will make it impossible to claim any pretense of academic freedom at these institutes. Expect any rejections to trigger even more vigorous attempts from Congress to regulate and/or eliminate CIs embedded inside U.S. academic institutions.