Though no evidence官网—亚博国际在线娱乐夜生活olitical influence” w

Though no evidence官网—亚博国际在线娱乐夜生活olitical influence” w

was found by the review, it said the Confucius Institute established within the depa

rtment “is or could be facilitating inappropriate foreign influence in the department”.官网—亚博国际在线娱乐夜生活女神会所

The department said it had decided to end its cooperation with the Confucius Institute p

官网—亚博国际在线娱乐夜生活rogram at the end of the 2019 school year, which would terminate the Confucius Classroo

m program in 13 public schools across Sydney and on NSW’s mid-north coast.

Instead, the NSW Department of Education will invest A$1.2 million ($810,000) to con官网—亚博国际在线娱乐夜生活

tinue teaching the Chinese language in the 13 schools, it said, adding that 15 per

cent of the pupils learning Chinese in NSW public schools were doing so in Confucius Classrooms.

官网—亚博国际在线娱乐夜生活女神会所The Confucius Institute Headquarters, which is bas

ed in Beijing, said the program was established in the spirit of m

utual respect, friendly consultation, equality and reciprocity. It also said the cooper

ation involved was open and transparent and adhered to laws and regulations.官网—亚博国际在线娱乐夜生活

The program had made an important contribution to bilat

eral cultural and educational exchanges and the promotion of mutua

l understanding and friendship, which had been welcomed by local residents, it said.官网—亚博国际在线娱乐夜生活

“We noticed that the NSW Education Department

官网—亚博国际在线娱乐夜生活said it will continue to strengthen Chinese-language education, and we ho

pe the NSW side will take a more objective view of the Confucius Institute,” it said.官网—亚博国际在线娱乐夜生活女神会所

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Friday that the NSW side had not consult

ed the Chinese side before making the decision to end the program, which was disrespectful an官网—亚博国际在线娱乐夜生活

d unfair to local students and not conducive to bilateral people-to-people exchanges.

The Confucius Institute program was established by the NSW Department of Education and Jiang官网—亚博国际在线娱乐夜生活女神会所

su Provincial Education Department in 2012 at the request by the NSW side, Geng said.

“We hope the Australian side will respect their Chinese partn

er and do more things to strengthen mutual trust,” he said.