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Indiana Attorney General Launching Investigation of Valparaiso University’s Confucius Institute

Indiana Attorney General Launching Investigation of Valparaiso University’s Confucius Institute

“The investigation is aimed at identifying and getting to the bottom of the true intent of any relationships between Valparaiso University’s programming and the Chinese Communist Party”

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Campus Reform reports:

Indiana AG investigates university’s ties to Chinese Communist Party

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita announced that his office will investigate the and the Chinese Communist Party’s Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University.

“The investigation is aimed at identifying and getting to the bottom of the true intent of any relationships between Valparaiso University’s programming and the Chinese Communist Party,” a statement from Rokita’s office reads.

Valparaiso, a private Lutheran institution, received $1.1 million from the Chinese government between 2010-2019 and acknowledges the Rokita’s investigation on its Confucius Institute website.

Rokita’s office alleges that although it’s unclear how the funds VU obtained from the Chinese government were used, “the university’s webpages explaining the partnership make clear that not only did programs target Valparaiso University students but also younger students through sponsorship of programs at area K-12 Indiana schools.”

The Attorney General’s statement further reads, “Hoosiers deserve answers and transparency into the impact of these institutes on our schools and students.” It continues, “Our investigation seeks to uncover whether the Chinese government has attempted to exert political influence and manipulate the attitudes and beliefs of Hoosiers through their Confucius Institutes. Our office will use every tool at our disposal to protect Hoosiers and put liberty into action.”

Students at Valparaiso University told Campus Reform that it was “disappointing” to learn of the school’s connection with the Chinese Communist Party.

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