County Commission approves Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo Jr.’s resolution urging the closure of the Chinese government-run Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College
MIAMI-DADE – On September 4, 2019, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commission approved Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo Jr.’s resolution urging Miami Dade College to close its Chinese government-run Confucius Institute Program due to national security concerns. Following an eight-month long investigation, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a bipartisan report urging American colleges and universities to sever ties with the Confucius Institute, concluding the institute gives Chinese authorizations too much control. Additionally, due to national interest concerns, the U.S. Defense Department announced it would stop supporting language programs at schools with ties to the Confucius Institute
“The Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College uses the teaching of Chinese language and culture as a tool to expand the political influence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Miami-Dade County,” Commissioner Bovo said. “The growing foreign influence operations of these institutes across the United States is a telling sign of their ongoing attempts to censor political discussions and restrain academic freedom in the classroom. I would like to thank my colleagues for approving my resolution for Miami Dade College to terminate their agreements with Chinese government-run Confucius Institute, which functions as peripheral propaganda branches of the Chinese party-state.” Commissioner Bovo said.