Betsy DeVos Warns CCP is Attempting Espionage Through ‘America’s Colleges and Universities’
“is attempting nothing short of espionage via America’s colleges and universities–buying its way into influencing teaching, stealing our intellectual property and manipulating US foreign policy”
Mike Pompeo made a similar claim recently. This is a legitimate concern.
Campus Reform reports:
Betsy DeVos says China is ‘attempting nothing short of espionage via America’s colleges and universities’
Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wrote a recent op-ed in the New York Post recommending greater transparency of foreign donations to American universities.
DeVos drew attention to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), claiming it “must find a lot to like about the Biden team’s decision-making” after the administration relaxed oversight of foreign influence in higher education.
“China,” DeVos argued, “is attempting nothing short of espionage via America’s colleges and universities–buying its way into influencing teaching, stealing our intellectual property and manipulating US foreign policy.”
She noted the uptick in anonymous donations from China to the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) after the 2017 opening of the Penn Biden Center. The think tank became a source of controversy in January 2023 for housing classified documents, which “reportedly include[d] intelligence memos and briefing materials regarding Ukraine, Iran and the United Kingdom,” according to Forbes.
The op-ed continued by referring to the Penn Biden Center as a “national-security-council-in-waiting.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl, White House counselor Steven Ricchetti, and others in the administration have worked for the Penn Biden Center in some capacity, according to DeVos.
UPenn is one of the universities that received an August 2020 congressional inquiry letter because of its alleged failure to report foreign gifts and donations to the Department of Education. President Biden later dropped the Trump-era investigations, putting a stop to what DeVos argued was “just scratching the surface of how much undisclosed foreign money has been injected into American academia.”
“Reviews of just 12 higher-ed institutions conducted while I was secretary revealed more than $6.5 billion in previously unreported foreign contributions,” DeVos wrote.
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.
“MIT’s competitive programming team, wearing maroon T-shirts, are (left to right) student coach Ce Jin, undergraduates Jerry Mao and Mingyang Deng, and Xiao Mao ’21 MEng ’22.”
Found one non-Asian on the team in another writeup — Anton Trygub, from Ukraine.
Hang your heads in shame, America.
Chinese and Ukrainian schools are still teaching the three Rs, and doing so with rigour. I also suspect their schools are not burdened wit the uneducable, be they delinquents or the defective.
I’m shocked, shocked that the Communists would commit espionage through colleges and universities.
I hope Claude Raines forgives my altering his quote from Casablanca.
There is no challenge to large the Democrats cannot/will not ignore and return to their goal of controlling everyone and everything.
A foreign rival trying to steal intellectual property and scientific research?
You mean the way during the 1930s the Russian Army practically in the open purchased American technology to develop it’s own military tech with?
Or the way the Russians stole nuclear secrets?
What the Chinese government does at universities is exactly what has been happening there for 90 years (and likely longer) and is nothing to be alarmed about.
The negatives of the American university are entirely American.
We are not in an American vs Chinese ideological cold war we are in an American vs American one.
Wokeness is spreading where America has influence.
China frankly doesn’t give a dam about wokeness, Xi is not up at night plotting to increase the transgender ideology, and Putin is not the man behind BLM.