The influence that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) gains over New York University (NYU) through its large donations allows it to participate in making decisions about even university programs and curriculum.
“China [CCP] has engaged in an aggressive financial campaign on American higher education, purchasing influence with multimillion-dollar gifts and contracts,” charged Rachelle Peterson, a member of the National Association of Scholars (NAS), according to The Washington Free Beacon on March 20.
Peterson added, “This includes exerting influence over curriculum and pressuring to deny invitations to speak to Chinese dissidents or other ‘personae non gratae.'”
She also explained that the conditions are often obscure and secret, but it is clear that the CCP takes it as an investment on which it profits for years to come.
Worse, CCP agents physically abuse students at the university’s Shanghai campus, as happened recently.
Nine students, including six Americans, recounted being beaten and detained for up to 16 hours by plainclothes agents.
“The guy was literally bleeding from his head from getting kicked by the police,” one student recounted. “They had no translator so they had no idea what was going on …. The girl was beat up for running away from two plainclothes cops with no badge,” according to The Washington Free Beacon.
Additionally, the CCP takes the opportunity to propagandize and ideologize students with its political theories.
Reports from 2019 revealed that NYU’s Shanghai campus offered students a “civics education” course that included classes on “Mao Zedong Thought” and its version of CCP history.
Public information notes that NYU received more than $47 million in gifts and contracts from the CCP, including more than $2 million directly from the CCP between 2014 and 2019.
Moreover, most of that money came from “anonymous” Chinese sources, listed as gifts rather than contracts.
The influence of the CCP in universities does not go unnoticed by U.S. lawmakers and expressed by Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.).
Scott, called attention to the silence of universities about their ties to the CCP as they go out “to fight injustices” in obedience to the radical left, according to his Sept. 10 Townhall article.
“The radical left has made its way into our universities and focused on combatting perceived injustices, renaming buildings, liberalizing curriculum, and promoting safe spaces over open, honest debate,” Scott wrote.
“Meanwhile, staying silent on their connections to Communist China, a country committing genocide against its Muslim population and actively oppressing the people of Hong Kong,” Scott added.