President Biden’s pick for Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs defended Chinese Communist Party-funded Confucius Institutes.
Confucius Institutes, which are hosted at American universities, have been described by Chinese government officials as “an important part of China’s overseas propaganda set-up.”
Notoriously rife with propaganda, intellectual property theft, and espionage per the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ), Confucius Institutes count support from Victoria Nuland.
Nuland, an Obama administration State Department alum nominated to join the Biden White House, outlined her support for the effort at a 2012 press conference.
Watch @JoeBiden's nominee for Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs declare her *SUPPORT* for Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes in 2012.
➡️"This is something that we support. It’s part of the people-to-people understanding." pic.twitter.com/Nub3sKaYnR
— Natalie Winters (@nataliegwinters) March 2, 2021
A reporter inquired with Nuland if the Obama administration was concerned about “the Confucius Institute’s expansion in the U.S. as the strongest Chinese soft power?”
“No,” Nuland responded.
“This is something that we support. It’s part of the people-to-people understanding,” she added.