china rise: For critics, like Sen, according to The Chronicle Herald. Marco Rubio, they present a threat to academic freedom and a spy risk. For university students like Moe Lewis, they offer a chance to learn about Chinese art and pick up a few phrases in Mandarin. As tensions between the U.S. and China rise over trade and security, perceptions vary wildly about educational exchanges that have thrived since diplomatic relations were normalized four decades ago. And while the China-funded Confucius Institutes that have mushroomed worldwide since 2004 focus on benign subject matter, U.S. lawmakers are pushing for them to be more tightly regulated or even shuttered. Increasingly, U.S. authorities are concerned that Chinese professors and students could exploit access to universities to gather intelligence and sensitive research an issue a Senate judiciary panel will address Wednesday. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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