Australia

Chinese language centres under review

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has warned further projects with overseas powers could be derailed under sweeping new veto laws legislated last year which saw Victoria’s controversial Belt and Road deal scrapped. 

At least two Chinese language centres located on university campuses are currently under review – Confucius Institutes at the Universities of Queensland and Adelaide. 

The centres have sparked controversy over perceived links to the Chinese government, with critics claiming they could influence Chinese language and cultural education in Australia. 

“We also have to acknowledge that China’s outlook, the nature of China’s external engagement both in our region and globally has changed in recent years,” Ms Payne said on Thursday.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has warned further projects with overseas powers could be derailed under sweeping new veto laws legislated last year which saw Victoria’s controversial Belt and Road deal scrapped.

At least two Chinese language centres located on university campuses are currently under review – Confucius Institutes at the Universities of Queensland and Adelaide.

The centres have sparked controversy over perceived links to the Chinese government, with critics claiming they could influence Chinese language and cultural education in Australia.

“We also have to acknowledge that China’s outlook, the nature of China’s external engagement both in our region and globally has changed in recent years,” Ms Payne said on Thursday.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has warned further projects with overseas powers could be derailed under sweeping new veto laws legislated last year which saw Victoria’s controversial Belt and Road deal scrapped.

At least two Chinese language centres located on university campuses are currently under review – Confucius Institutes at the Universities of Queensland and Adelaide.

The centres have sparked controversy over perceived links to the Chinese government, with critics claiming they could influence Chinese language and cultural education in Australia.

“We also have to acknowledge that China’s outlook, the nature of China’s external engagement both in our region and globally has changed in recent years,” Ms Payne said on Thursday.

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