China ‘reserves right to react’ if US interferes with Confucius Institute operations

Beijing has defended

Beijing has defended its Confucius Institute program after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hopes the Chinese cultural centers on American university campuses would be shut down by the end of this year.

The Confucius Institute operates in the US based on voluntary applications from universities under the principles of mutual respect and benefit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday. They contribute to promoting cultural exchanges and have been “widely welcomed by US universities and the American people,” spokesperson Zhao Lijian noted.

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