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Victoria Uni Abruptly Shuts Door on Documentary Critical of Confucius Institutes
Senator for South Australia Cory Bernardi has expressed deep concern after reports in The Epoch Times and The Australian exposed Victoria University's conflicting statements about why they abruptly cancelled a screening of a documentary exposé of China's state-run Confucius Institutes. “I’m concerned about our national security, our economic security, and the influence that the Chinese Communist Party is having in our country ... and not only with Confucius Institutes,” Senator Bernardi wrote in an email to The Epoch Times on Sept. 24. Bernadi's comments come on the heels of VU's pulling the plug on “In the Name of Confucius,” a multi award-winning documentary that delves deep into the Confucius Institute's (CI’s) controversial culture and language programs offered at universities around the world. CIs have been widely criticized as being part of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP’s) soft-power strategy. According to the NSW Department of Education, its universities have been paid $150,000 in establishment funds for each Confucius Institute. The money comes from Communist China’s Office of Chinese Languages Council International, usually called Hanban, which falls under its Ministry of Education. Hanban also typically pays and houses each of the teachers, and is known to offer the odd financial incentive, like its $4 million gift to Stanford University.