Rokita investigating alleged Chinese propaganda program

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (Inside Indiana Business): Attorney General Todd Rokita is launching an investigation into Valparaiso University’s association with the Confucius Institutes. The institutes are alleged to function as a propaganda arm of the Chinese Communist Party, according to Rokita’s office.

Rokita’s office says Confucius Institutes have operated in Indiana for years.

“Hoosiers deserve answers and transparency into the impact of these institutes on our schools and students,” said Rokita. “Our investigation seeks to uncover whether the Chinese government has attempted to exert political influence and manipulate the attitudes and beliefs of Hoosiers through their Confucius Institutes. Our office will use every tool at our disposal to protect Hoosiers and put liberty into action.”

Rokita has issued a civil investigative demand to Valparaiso University to look into possible violations of the Higher Education Act of 1965 or Indiana’s Deceptive Consumer Sales Act. The investigation is aimed at “identifying and getting to the bottom of the true intent of any relationships between Valparaiso University’s programming and the Chinese Communist Party.”

The propaganda efforts are referred to by China as the “United Front.”

The university reported receiving more than $1.1 million from the Chinese government between 2010 and 2019. The documents filed by Valpo with the U.S. Department of Education do not indicate exactly how the funding was used.

Since 2006, Rokita’s office says the Chinese government has provided more than $158 million to more than 100 U.S. schools for Confucius Institutes. The Chinese Communist Party controls nearly every aspect of Confucius Institutes at U.S. schools, including its funding, staff, and all programming.

In 2019, Indiana University closed the Confucius Institute of Indianapolis on the IUPUI campus.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you Todd for your efforts!!!

    There should be many more investigations into many social groups and programs to look at propaganda and their influence on society….People need to wake up from this woke garbage

    Locally, ‘Fort Wayne UNITED’ needs looked into as they claim that all white people are racist

    • I have never heard any representative from Fort Wayne UNITED make such a claim. Where did you see that, so we can look into it?

      • The Leadership Training they provided to the City of Fort Wayne employees had “Diversity Training” and “Identifying Unconscious Bias” especially towards “People of color”.

        I commented on the the news story back when Tom Henry announced partnering with Fort Wayne United.

      • You are part of the problem Darrin. Stop listening to conspiracy morons like Rocky and other entitled white people on this site. He is obviously a butt hurt city employee who doesn’t like anyone non white. Fox News is the largest propaganda program in the US and you work for them you tool.

        • We have our first official RACIST commenter on here “Mrs. Wright”

          Conspiracy? Darrin can look into my claims and verify whether or not I am correct.

          What problem do you have with complete transparency of these social organizations?

          The fact that I get personally attacked for this means that I am on to something.

        • As a matter of Fact, I am sending an Email to Todd’s office Right now to add Fort Wayne UNITED to the investigation

          …can’t have this propaganda continuing to INFECT our Citys and Towns employees

        • I work for Federated Media, not Fox News. I was also asking for evidence of his claim, nothing more. Your insult is misdirected at best… you don’t know me, nor do you know my political preferences, which are unimportant anyway, as it’s not my job to endorse either side.

          Furthermore, I’ve been insulted on this website constantly and consistently by people on both sides of the political aisle, so if anything I’m doing my job well.

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