UNL estimated its Confucius Institute expenses at $150,000 a year. Besides that expense, most of the cost of Confucius Institutes is covered by an arm of China’s Ministry of Education, says the conservative National Association of Scholars.
The UNL institute, which started in 2007, has used 10 teachers at a time from China to instruct children and adults around the state in the Chinese language. The institute also oversees some cultural events.
Confucius Institutes increasingly face accusations that they harbor spies and purvey propaganda for China. U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., last month mentioned “nefarious core objectives” of Confucius Institutes and called them “communist outposts.”
The Trump administration last month designated the Confucius Institute U.S. Center in Washington, D.C., a “foreign mission.” That means it must provide reports to the U.S. about finances, personnel, programs and other things, the Associated Press reported.
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