Blackburn lauds closing of University of Memphis Confucius Institute

By Updated: June 30, 2020 4:35 PM CT | Published: June 30, 2020 4:31 PM CT
<strong>Renhao Duan (shown on Feb. 8 at a Chinese New Year celebration at the Children’s Museum of Memphis) is a member of the University of Memphis Confucius Institute. On Tuesday, June 30, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn announced that June 30 would be the institute’s last day at the university. </strong>(Greg Campbell/Special to the Daily Memphian file)

Renhao Duan (shown on Feb. 8 at a Chinese New Year celebration at the Children’s Museum of Memphis) is a member of the University of Memphis Confucius Institute. On Tuesday, June 30, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn announced that June 30 would be the institute’s last day at the university. (Greg Campbell/Special to the Daily Memphian file)

U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn announced the shutdown of the University of Memphis Confucius Institute, saying students of Chinese culture and language at U.S. colleges should be “alarmed that the Chinese government has infiltrated their institutions.”

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