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Image caption Concerns are growing about Chinese influence on academic campuses around the world. According to China, its Confucius Institute is "a bridge reinforcing friendship" between it and the world. But to its critics the government-run body - which offers language and cultural programmes overseas - is a way for Beijing to spread propaganda under the guise of teaching, interfere with free speech on campuses and even to spy on students. In recent weeks, a flurry of universities around the world have shut down programmes operated by the institute. And in Australia, an investigation is even under way into whether agreements between universities and the institute have broken anti-foreign interference laws. Full story

6 September


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