The University of Memphis has closed its Confucius Institute.
Confucius Institutes, funded by the communist Chinese, have become a controversial staple at many of America's colleges and universities.
Critics, including Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), consider the Institutes a threat to national security. They say China has successfully gotten its nose under the tent of America's educational institutions through the Institutes.
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Chinese officials have recently been documented pressuring faculty at U.S. universities that host Confucius Institutes to avoid making statements or holding events on politically sensitive topics. Chinese teachers at these institutes sign contracts with the Government of China pledging not to damage their national interests. Such limitations attempt to export China’s censorship of political debate and reduce academic freedom.Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
In the letter below, "Hanban" refers to Confucius Institute Headquarters, a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education.