The China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), an organization financed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), began a campaign within the United States some years ago to penetrate the educational system in order to influence the materials and curricula, seeking to impose its communist propaganda in various aspects of primary and secondary education. 

The China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) was founded by the Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), an advisory body of the CCP. In short, CUSEF is closely linked to the CCP.

What is the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF)

In a detailed report prepared by the U.S. government, the CUSEF’s mission is to “co-opt and neutralize sources of possible opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party” and to push Westerners to “take measures or adopt positions that support the preferred policies of Beijing.”

The goal is to intervene in the early education of our American children and youth, breaking with basic educational structures and imposing new friendly narratives toward the perverse values of the CCP, historical revisionisms with leftist tendencies, and fostering contempt for traditional and spiritual institutions and cultures. 

According to the magazine The National Pulse, the CUSEF has implemented many efforts to achieve favorable coverage of its actions by the most important Western media as well as with representatives of Congress. The efforts included large private dinners and major trips for journalists and politicians. 

One of the points where CUSEF is known to have tried to intervene strongly is the issue of Tibet, which has been occupied by the repressive forces of the CCP for over 70 years, killing and persecuting millions of people. 

The CUSEF tried to counter the well-known history by imposing a “solid, factual counter-narrative to defend and promote China’s actions within the Tibet Autonomous Region.” It sought to fabricate an account of China’s alleged positive impact on Tibet, without giving space to critics of the regime to express their views.

CUSEF partners with Primary Source

Since 2008, the CUSEF has partnered with Primary Source, a U.S. organization that helps provide primary and secondary schools with “curriculum-specific consultation resources.”

The Primary Source website states that the CUSEF has been “providing funding for our programs in China” since 2008, as well as sponsoring trips to China for its educators.

The influence of the CCP on Western education does not end at the primary and secondary school level. According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, several well-known universities, such as Yale and Cornell, concealed more than $3 billion in foreign donations and funds, many of which came from totalitarian regimes such as China.

As the Washington Free Beacon reported on a study led by Project Clarion, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing threats from extremist groups and individuals on the United States, indicates, universities inaccurately disclosed foreign funding to the Department of Education.

Findings by Project Clarion

Between 2014 and 2019, a total of $11 billion in foreign funds were reported. However, data provided by Project Clarion shows that the actual figure exceeds $14 billion. 

According to Reed Rubinstein, the principal deputy general counsel of the Department of Education on behalf of the Office of the General Counsel, said in a letter to Rob Portman, chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , there is concern about “unprecedented levels of access to foreign governments, corporations, and individuals without adequate oversight.”

“These colleges and universities actively solicit foreign governments, corporations, and nationals for funds, although some donors are known to be hostile to the United States and may be seeking to project ‘soft power,’ steal sensitive and proprietary research and development data, and other intellectual property, and spread propaganda benefitting foreign governments,” according to an Education Department document.