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Trump to sign Confucius Institute funding ban

President Trump is about to sign the new National Defense Authorization Act, which will prohibit funding to Chinese-run Confucius Institutes on American campuses.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz added the key amendment to “The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019,” which also restricts funding to universities that host Confucius Institutes and requires them to provide a public record of any agreements or contracts they have with the program, which has deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

Earlier this week, the White House confirmed that Trump plans to sign the bill during a visit to Fort Drum, New York, according to Fox-28.

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In March, the Central Intelligence Agency issued a classified report labeling the institutes as a threat, according to an unclassified page of the document obtained by The Washington Free Beacon.

"The [Chinese Communist Party] provides ‘strings-attached' funding to academic institutions and think tanks to deter research that casts it in a negative light," the unclassified portion of the report reads. "It has used this tactic to reward pro-China viewpoints and coerce Western academic publications and conferences to self-censor. The CCP often denies visas to academics who criticize the regime, encouraging many China scholars to preemptively self-censor so they can maintain access to the country on which their research depends."

There are currently an estimated 107 Confucius Institutes in America, according to a list last updated in July by the National Association of Scholars (NAS).

NAS expressed its support in an article last week, calling Cruz’s amendment “a step toward incentivizing colleges and universities to part ways with Confucius Institutes,” though the organization noted that it would prefer if all colleges and universities “close their Confucius Institutes at once.” 

[RELATED: Congressmen warn TX schools to avoid funding from Chinese]

Cruz had previously introduced a bill, the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2018, that would have gone after “espionage” and “theft” in higher education by targeting Chinese Confucius Institutes in America.

“Communist China is infiltrating American universities to meddle with our curricula, silence criticism of their regime, and steal intellectual property

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11208

Trump signs Confucius Institute funding ban

President Trump has signed the new National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision prohibiting funding to Chinese-run Confucius Institutes on American campuses.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz added the key amendment to “The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019,” which also restricts funding to universities that host Confucius Institutes and requires them to provide a public record of any agreements or contracts they have with the program, which has deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

Earlier this week, the White House confirmed that Trump plans to sign the bill Monday during a visit to Fort Drum, New York, according to Fox-28.

[RELATED: Congress looks to curb Chinese infiltration of higher ed]

In March, the Central Intelligence Agency issued a classified report labeling the institutes as a threat, according to an unclassified page of the document obtained by The Washington Free Beacon.

"The [Chinese Communist Party] provides ‘strings-attached' funding to academic institutions and think tanks to deter research that casts it in a negative light," the unclassified portion of the report reads. "It has used this tactic to reward pro-China viewpoints and coerce Western academic publications and conferences to self-censor. The CCP often denies visas to academics who criticize the regime, encouraging many China scholars to preemptively self-censor so they can maintain access to the country on which their research depends."

There are currently an estimated 107 Confucius Institutes in America, according to a list last updated in July by the National Association of Scholars (NAS).

NAS expressed its support in an article last week, calling Cruz’s amendment “a step toward incentivizing colleges and universities to part ways with Confucius Institutes,” though the organization noted that it would prefer if all colleges and universities “close their Confucius Institutes at once.” 

[RELATED: Congressmen warn TX schools to avoid funding from Chinese]

Cruz had previously introduced a bill, the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2018, that would have gone after “espionage” and “theft” in higher education by targeting Chinese Confucius Institutes in America.

“Communist China is infiltrating American universities to meddle with our curricula, silence criticism of their regime, and steal in

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11208

Prof gets probation for bludgeoning conservatives with bike lock

A former professor and Antifa activist has avoided jail time for beating multiple Trump supporters with a metal bike lock at a 2017 free speech rally in Berkeley, California.

Eric Clanton, a former philosophy professor at Diablo Valley College, began serving three years of probation Wednesday after three charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon and one felony count of inflicting great bodily injury were dismissed or stricken from the record.

Clanton assaulted at least three Trump supporters with a metal bike lock during a pro-Trump rally in Berkeley, California, on April 15, 2017, one of whom reportedly received a head laceration that required five staples.

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Clanton’s preliminary hearing was scheduled for Wednesday to establish if the case should move to trial, but Berkeleyside reports that all of the most serious charges were dropped after Clanton struck a deal to plead “no contest.”

Three of the felony charges against Clanton, for assault with a deadly weapon that is not a gun, were dismissed, as was a misdemeanor charge of wearing a mask to evade detection while committing a crime. The fourth felony charge, for causing serious bodily injury, was stricken from the record. 

Clanton was convicted of simple battery, a misdemeanor, after pleading “no contest,” for which he will now serve three years of probation that are scheduled to conclude in Aug 2021, according to online documents released by the court. 

[RELATED: CSUF prof allegedly punches conservative student on campus]

As PJ Media points out, though, it is somewhat surprising that prosecutors would agree to such lenient terms in a plea deal, given that Clanton has been arrested in connection with disruptive demonstrations in the past, and that the evidence against him in the present case was substantial.

One of the assaults was caught on video, in which a man dressed in black, identified by police as Clanton, can briefly be seen hitting another man in the head with a metal bike lock during the rally.

During a search of Clanton’s home, police also recovered “U-locks, sunglasses, a glove, jeans, and facial coverings” consistent with items worn during the assaults, and phone records placed him in the vicinity of the attacks during the time they were committed.

Clanton late

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11207

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