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China Secured $120 Million In Contracts With US Universities In 2021, Records Show


China-based entities, including the Chinese government, secured $120 million in contracts with American colleges in 2021, federal data reveals.

The Chinese institutions entered into agreements ranging from $105,000 to $31 million with more than two dozen universities, a search of the College Foreign Gift and Contract Report database shows.

The federal records, however, contain minimal details on the arrangements, such as the private Chinese entities involved and the specifics of the contracts.

China, which has cozied up to higher education in the United States, enters into the agreements to “gain influence and spread its propaganda into the universities,” Rep. Virginia Foxx, the top Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee, told Fox News.

“China’s ultimate goal is to control education,” the North Carolina congresswoman said. “And once you control education, you control a culture.”

The University of Houston reported the largest monetary contract with a Chinese entity last year, the records show. Houston inked a nearly $32 million agreement with an unreported private source.

Chris Stipes, the director of media relations for the University of Houston, told Fox News that the contract is between Houston and Dalian Maritime University in China. The two schools combined forces to form the Dalian Maritime University International Institute.

“The institute offers three undergraduate programs in mechanical engineering, civil engineering and electrical engineering,” Stipes said. “Students graduate with degrees from both UH and DMU.”

Dalian Maritime University falls under the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China. Li Xiaopeng, the agency’s head, is a member of the Chinese Communist Party.

Other universities reported contracts directly with China’s government. The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign shows five contracts totaling $26.5 million with the Chinese government.

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Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reported the third-highest totals with China operations. According to the records, the institute hauled in $14 million in contracts with unknown China-based entities, although this money did not come from their government.

The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and MIT did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on the contracts.

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