Confucius Institutes In The United States
China has been stepping up its efforts to project a positive image abroad, including funding a growing number of "Confucius Institutes." These institutes promote Chinese language and culture in partnerships with organizations and universities around the world. China now operates 350 of these institutes, including more than 60 on U.S. campuses. Many cash-strapped universities welcome the support, but critics worry that there may be too many strings attached.