UCLA has a Confucius Institute, which claims that:
Through collaboration with campus, community, and China-based educational partners, the UCLA Confucius Institute develops programs that provide opportunities for the study of Chinese language and culture across our region and in China. Recognizing the wealth of history, expertise, and resources available in California, our programs are designed to connect experts and communities, engage new audiences, and advance UCLA's mission of teaching, research, and public service.
Meanwhile, many American colleges and universities are closing their institutes. And for good reason:
The University of Chicago and Pennsylvania State University have ... recently closed their Confucius Institutes amid growing concerns about whether universities that host them are granting undue influence to the Chinese government in matters of curriculum and staffing.
The WSJ recently highlighted the nature of the problem:
Critics have argued that China’s Confucius Institutes pose a threat to academic freedom in the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond. Now the Beijing official in charge has confirmed it.
If you’re new to this issue, the Chinese government has set up 1,100 of these state-run Confucius Institutes since 2004 to teach language and culture within universities and grade schools world-wide. Now the institutes are facing long overdue scrutiny, and some universities and school districts are closing them down.
On Sunday the BBC interviewed Chinese Vice Minister Xu Lin, director-general of Confucius Institute Headquarters. She confirmed in no uncertain terms that her organization exports the values of the Chinese Communist Party to foreign academic institutions, from Columbia and Stanford to neighborhood elementary schools.
Ms. Xu described how the teachers must file official reports and answer questions about whether they discussed politically sensitive subjects in the classroom. She also confirmed that Beijing forces foreign institutions to deny employment to believers in Falun Gong, a spiritual movement banned in China. ...
Ms. Xu’s comments now challenge the legions of American university and K-12 leaders who have never raised concerns, even as most of them signed secret contracts with Beijing.
I challenge UCLA's leadership to explain why we -- in the words of the AAUP -- "permit Confucius Institutes to advance a state agenda in the recruitment and control of academic staff, in the choice of curriculum, and in the restriction of debate.”