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Q: Retaliation for 100 day visa checks, or applying the same educational standards across the board?

China morning round-up: Row over Confucius Institutes
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping unveils the plaque at the opening of Confucius Institute at the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, 20 June 2010 Confucius Institutes are China's official cultural promotion agencies overseas

Friday's newspapers carry extensive coverage of a recent move by the US State Department requiring Confucius Institutes to be accredited.

Confucius Institutes are set up in various countries with the aim of promoting Chinese language and culture.

They are backed by the Chinese government, with operations overseen by the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, usually referred to as the "Hanban".

In a 17 May policy directive, the State Department said it was reviewing the credentials of Confucius Institutes in the country.

Chinese academics with a J-1 visa teaching at the institutes would have to leave the country by 30 June as their visas would not be extended, papers including the Shanghai Daily explain.

The US also wants these institutes to gain government accreditation before engaging in teaching activities in American universities.

China Daily says Washington is targeting the institutes and says dozens of Chinese teachers could be forced to leave by 30 June due to the directive.

China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Beijing was communicating with Washington to find a "proper solution", reports say.

Shanghai Morning Post and Guangzhou's Southern Metropolis Daily both term the US directive a "sudden attack" on the institutes.

But Southern Metropolis Daily also reports Washington will draft a new statement to clarify the directive, as the US intention is to make sure that academics and instructors at the institutes apply for the right visas.

At a State Department press briefing on Thursday, spokeswomen Victoria Nuland said, "there was some muddling and messing up, so we're going to sort these out."

"Nobody's going to have to leave the country," Ms Nuland said, "it's all going to get cleared up."

However, officials from the "Hanban" told Beijing News that they believed the reasons cited by the US State Department were "untenable".

The paper also says that Confucius Institutes are accused by some of being China's "cultural spy agency", an accusation that Beijing denies.

Beijing Times says the institutes - with 353 branches across the world - suffer from "sieges" in Europe and the US.

A front page commentary in the People's Daily Overseas Edition criticised Washington's directive as "irresponsible and absurd unilateral action", while China Daily's editorial calls the US action "self-defeating".

The Global Times' bilingual editorial also criticises the State Department directive.

"If the directive comes into force, Confucius Institutes and Schools in the US will face a lot of trouble. The US obviously wants this," said the editorial.

"The issue shows that the US' cultural confidence is not as strong as we thought. The promotion of Chinese language and culture by Confucius Institutes makes some Americans uneasy. Only culturally weak countries have such sensitivity."

In other news, China Daily and People's Daily report the open day at the Communist Party's Publicity Department - which is in charge of the country's propaganda work - for foreign diplomats in Beijing.

A short commentary in the People's Daily says this open day symbolises China's increasing confidence.

The escape of Chen Guangcheng's brother is not mentioned in major newspapers in mainland China, but Ming Pao Daily News and Sing Tao Daily in Hong Kong cover the story.

 

From BBC NEWS: China

7 years 25 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

 
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My God their media are terrifying!

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I think it is hilarious to see them rant a rave. 

I also find it funny that they called the US "Self-defeating" This country has a history of mild success, then screwing it up through Chinese stupidity. They will screw up their current success, the question is, "when?"

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When i started to read the article God Bless America was playing in my heart. but seeing them back down again to china really pisses me off.  real retaliation would be for all countries to return chinese nationals to china. and for foreigners to leave china. all foreign companies operating in china shutdown and leave china. all chinese companies operating in other countries should return to china. and let china close itself off from the rest of the world. and watch this place slowly become north korea. (or quickly)

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Sadly, it looks like it was retaliation for the crackdown. But I didn't think the USA worked that way, Rule of Law and all. Uncle Sam, I am disappoint.

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edu stand. across my board all the way. .. . don't take it too serious it will pass! 

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It might have something to do with the institutes teaching the Chinese version of history to young American children, but I could be wrong.

 

But sorry, calling the Korean war "The War Against American Imperialism etc" and trying to teach that in the US just won't fly. Teaching language is one thing, trying to teach Chinese beliefs and propaganda is another. That's not "cultural exchange", it's indoctrination.

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Exactly right, Mr Tibbles. When will China learn to respect other countries' cultures?

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confucius would never allow a peasant mo yan to be a writer , and women would have no education, what to hell can we learn from this has been, how to memorize 2500 characters in exact correct order to be a scholar. ridiculous and absurd.

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I realized shortly after coming to China that the COMMON MAN/WOMAN all around the world are basically the same.  The big problem is that the elite in each country have their own agendas that they want to promote, usually something to do with accumulating more money or power.  They use the media to sway public opinion towards their purpose and if things get really heated they send the children of the COMMON MAN/WOMAN to fight in their wars.

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For sure China will respond in kind

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I like the claim of a "sudden attack" on the Confucious institutes in the US. This has been coming now for a couple of years yet suddenly the Chinese mouthpieces claim it is a new issue.

 

http://uselesstree.typepad.com/useless_tree/2012/05/confucius-institutes...

http://newamericamedia.org/2012/05/chinese-teachers-may-be-forced-to-lea...

 

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