Tufts University announced this week that it will maintain its partnership with the Confucius Institute, a controversial organization backed by the Chinese government.
According to a report by Inside Higher Ed, Tufts University has decided to maintain its relationship with the Confucius Institute, an off-shoot of the Chinese government that has been accused of bribing American colleges and universities in exchange for control over messaging on China and its government.
Over the past two years, more than 20 American colleges and universities have ended their relationships with the Confucius Institute over bipartisan concern that China was using the organization to exert control on American higher education.
For example, Breitbart News reported in September 2018 that the University of North Florida had cut ties with the Confucius Institute.
Tufts University claims that the Confucius Institute has not attempted to censor or suppress speech during its tenure on campus.