Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said branches of the Confucius Institute operating in American schools and colleges are “a bridge and a link to help people around the world learn Chinese, understand China and strengthen educational and cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries. . ”
Mr. Zhao said the charges against the educational institutes were baseless and were motivated by “ideological prejudices and personal interests.”
The designation requires the Washington-based Confucius Institute US Center to submit reports to the US government on its funding, staff, program, and other activities in the United States.
It is the latest in a string of Trump administration rulings against China as tensions between the two countries rise over trade, technology, human rights and the coronavirus, which was first reported in Wuhan, China.