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I criticized my university’s ties to the Chinese government. Now I face expulsion

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    sp00ky
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    Money talks. The United States has of course used this type of propaganda and intimidation in the past, and now China has the money to do it as well. This article is an illustrative read about how...

    Money talks. The United States has of course used this type of propaganda and intimidation in the past, and now China has the money to do it as well. This article is an illustrative read about how global soft power is financed through support for overseas academic institutions and specifically, in this case, the Chinese-funded "Confucius Institutes". What is more interesting is the use of Chinese nationals (often international students at universities) to provide local pressure on critics of China. This is the same at U.S. universities as well as in comment sections of popular online news publications. This strategy is only beginning.

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    1. moonbathers
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      And domestic academic institutions too (I almost wrote domestic overseas institutions, lol). States have been reducing funding for universities so those universities replace that money by raising...

      This article is an illustrative read about how global soft power is financed through support for overseas academic institutions

      And domestic academic institutions too (I almost wrote domestic overseas institutions, lol). States have been reducing funding for universities so those universities replace that money by raising tuition and then chasing after out of state/international students because they can charge three or four times more, at least in my alma mater's case. We give up soft power by pricing our own students out of college too. It feels really short-sighted the way some of these schools/businesses/etc are operating.

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