Friday, October 19, 2018

CFR President: Think Tanks Should Refuse Chinese Money

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) President Richard Haass has just penned a piece for the Wall Street Journal saying that US think tanks should stop accepting funding from the Chinese government.  Here is more:

Strengthening controls on Chinese investment in the U.S. is also a step in the right direction. Some supply chains may need to be rerouted away from China, although such interdependence is one bulwark against conflict. Universities and think tanks should refuse to accept Chinese government funding. And if the U.S. isn’t to be left behind by Beijing’s major technology push, “Made in China 2025,” the public and private sectors will need to cooperate much more in developing critical fields such as artificial intelligence.

A number of US think tanks receive money from China, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), which also gets money from Taiwan.  The Brookings Institution, which has an overseas research center in China (Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy), receives money from a number of Chinese entities/people.

Haass's statement comes on the heels of a big push to get US think tanks to stop accepting money from Saudi Arabia in light of the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by a group of Saudis.

Do liberal/progressive think tanks in the US get more Chinese money than libertarian/conservative think tanks?