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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”.ldsports,ldsportsapp夜生活女神会所
The department said it had decided to end its cooperation with the Confucius Institute p
ldsports,ldsportsapp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 conldsports,ldsportsapp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.
ldsports,ldsportsapp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.ldsports,ldsportsapp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.ldsports,ldsportsapp夜生活
“We noticed that the NSW Education Department
ldsports,ldsportsapp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.ldsports,ldsportsapp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 anldsports,ldsportsapp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 Jiangldsports,ldsportsapp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.