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While Confucius Institutes Are Being Kicked Out of the Global North, They Remain Popular in the Global South

Chinese Shaolin monks meeting with young Indonesian martial arts students at a Confucius Institute event in Indonesia in September. Image: Adek Berry / AFP

In September, the Federal University of Bahia opened its new Confucius Institute, the fourteenth in Brazil.

These language-learning centers, usually tie-ins with local universities, are being closed in droves across the Global North under suspicion of being centers for pro-China messaging.

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