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US asks Taiwan to fill void as Confucius Institutes close

American universities look for alternative for learners of Mandarin

NEW YORK -- As Confucius Institutes are shuttered across university campuses in America due to academic freedom concerns, the top U.S. representative to Taiwan is calling on the Mandarin-speaking democracy to fill the void.

Taiwan can "play a key role" in addressing interest among U.S. students in learning Mandarin -- and should use the opportunity to tout its culture and democracy, Brent Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan, told Nikkei Asia.

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