Stanford University has reportedly received over $27 million from entities tied to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since the start of 2021, raising concerns over the potential influence of foreign money on American higher education institutions. The University of Delaware, home to the Biden Institute, has also accepted more than $6 million from China since 2017, according to the Department of Education’s reporting database.
Stanford’s China Funding Addiction Sparks Alarm
“American higher education is addicted to funding from China” stated Michael Sobolik of the American Foreign Policy Council, warning that this influx of money could pave the way for the CCP’s malign influence, such as espionage, IP theft, and censorship.
As Chinese funding for American schools has significantly increased under the Biden administration, Stanford University could find itself targeted by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), a member of the House Select Committee on China, claimed that the Biden administration has ceased enforcing a federal code governing the disclosure of foreign gifts and donations and dropped several federal investigations into the CCP’s influence at American universities.
Stanford University has yet to respond to requests regarding the donations from China or its partnerships with the country. However, the university has previously opened its Center on China’s Economy, which hosted scholars, guests, and programs affiliated with CCP-backed groups. Furthermore, a Chinese researcher working at Stanford in 2021 was accused of secretly being a member of the People’s Liberation Army.
Stanford’s Shocking China Ties Threaten Top-Secret DoD Research!
These concerns are especially alarming considering that Stanford University is also conducting research on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD). The university has received $1.9 million from the DoD for studies on liquid aero-propulsion fuels, Air Force technology, and science topics. As China remains interested in stealing American research, these DoD-funded studies could be at risk due to Stanford’s ties with China.
Rep. Banks criticized Stanford for accepting millions from Beijing while partnering with the DoD and urged the House GOP to pass legislation to crack down on foreign influence in Stanford and other universities.