Chinese diplomats will need to obtain United States government approval before visiting American schools and universities, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this Wednesday. Citing reasons of reciprocity, Pompeo argued that Beijing actively prevents American diplomats from conducting standard business. Earlier in the week, Pomepo also said that he expected China's Confucius Institutes, which have served as Chinese cultural and education centers in the U.S., to be shut down by the end of 2020 over concerns that the centers allow "spies and collaborators" to infiltrate U.S. colleges. In response, a spokesperson from the Confucius Institute U.S. Center, the Center's de facto headquarters, said that Confucius Institutes in the U.S. are "independent of each other, set up and run by the schools that choose to set up Chinese language education, and staffed by people hired and supervised by those schools."
It's clear that the Trump administration is not giving up its hardline stance against China. President Trump continues to argue that he is a better fit to take on China than Democratic party frontrunner Joe Biden in the United States' November Presidential elections, and tweeted late last week that Chinese leaders would prefer Biden over Trump. For more, read "Setting Parameters for Future U.S.-China Competition" by Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow at the CATO Institute.
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