US Senate backs bill to clamp down on China-funded Confucius Institutes




The US Senate unanimously approved a bill to tighten controls on Chinese-funded cultural centres on university campuses known as Confucius Institutes, the latest in a series of efforts to crack down on the centres lawmakers accuse of being propaganda tools.The measure passed the Senate by unanimous consent – without a roll-call vote – on Thursday. There was no immediate word on Friday on when it might be taken up in the House of Representatives.The measure would cut back on federal funding for…