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Confucius Institutes are wrong target for China frustrations

Little evidence presented to discredit low-cost language instruction

| North America
A Chinese New Year celebration at Westbrook Middle School sponsored by the Confucius Institute of the University of Southern Maine and others, pictured in February 2016: what is forgotten too often is the benefit provided by the Confucian Institutes.   © Portland Press Herald/Getty Images

Edward A. McCord is a professor emeritus of history and international affairs at George Washington University.

At a time when relations between the U.S. and China are worse than they have been in decades and new measures and countermeasures are taken by one side or the other almost every week, it may come as no surprise that academic exchanges are under pressure too.

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