U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement regarding the State Department’s decision to have the Chinese Communist Party’s Confucius Institutes register as foreign missions.

“Confucius Institutes have become a big part of campus life around the country, but behind the student activities and language programs, the institutes have two more nefarious core objectives: spreading communist propaganda and spying on Chinese students studying in the free world. Beijing’s public diplomacy relies on these communist outposts so they should be forced to register as foreign missions. Teaching Mandarin at campus institutes is mainly a cover story for Chinese Communist Party spying.”