Biden administration quietly withdraws rule requiring schools to disclose Chinese influence

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 10th, 2021 9:28 am
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Last Updated Feb 11th, 2021 at 11:55 am

The Biden administration has quietly withdrawn a proposal by the Trump administration to require American schools and universities to disclose partnerships with Confucius Institutes.

Some U.S. officials believe that Confucius Institutes are propaganda fronts for the Chinese Communist Party. Roughly 500 K-12 schools and 65 colleges partner with the institutes.

The Trump administration had proposed in December of last year to require schools to disclose their partnerships with the institutes. The Biden administration withdrew the rule proposal on January 26, according to RegInfo.gov and confirmed by a spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The spokesperson did not say why the rule had been withdrawn and did not speculate on whether it would be resubmitted.

"ICE does not speculate about future pre-decisional proposed rules or policies," the spokesperson said.

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