Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping implored U.S. schoolchildren to become “young ambassadors for Sino-American friendship” as part of a Confucius Institute led program operating in hundreds of K-12 schools, The National Pulse can reveal.
The controversial operations frequently garner criticism for their entrenchment in U.S. colleges given the fact they’re entirely funded by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and rife with “undisclosed ties to Chinese institutions, and conflicted loyalties.”
Teachers are pushed to use textbooks written by the CCP’s Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, part of an agency tasked with “mobilizing advocates for the interests of the CCP,” and intellectual property theft abounds.
Purporting to be language learning initiatives, Confucius Institutes are CCP propaganda fronts that have embedded themselves in U.S. elementary schools – public and private.
One such example of this extensive network is Cascade Elementary School in Orem, Utah.
The Confucius Institute operating at the taxpayer-funded K-5 school has also led to CCP military parades airing in classrooms and teacher Zheng Yamin vowing to instill “Chinese morality and cultures” onto her fourth-grade class.
Another Confucius Institute led initiative, requiring Cascade fourth-graders to become “pen pals” with Xi Jinping, was brandished across various Chinese state media outlets to tout U.S. interest in Chinese culture. In addition to exploiting American students as pawns in China’s global disinformation campaign, China Gl0bal Television Network (CGTN), a registered foreign agent in the U.S, was invited to the school to produce a segment on the exchange:
In response to the students’ letters, Xi responded: