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US-China tensions

US requires Confucius Institute center to register as foreign mission

Entity advances 'Beijing's global propaganda and malign influence campaign,' says Pompeo

Washington is taking a tougher stance against Confucius Institutes at U.S. universities.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States said on Thursday it was requiring the center that manages Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes in the United States to register as a foreign mission, the latest sign of deteriorating relations between Washington and Beijing.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a statement, labeled the Confucius Institute U.S. Center in Washington "an entity advancing Beijing's global propaganda and malign influence campaign on U.S. campuses and K-12 classrooms."

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