U.S. Turns Up Heat on Colleges’ Foreign Ties

A letter notified Stanford University that it had joined an unpopular club: It was one of at least a dozen colleges under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education over foreign gifts and contracts.Sent in mid-August to President Marc Tessier-Lavigne of Stanford, the notice appears to have been prompted by the arrest of a visiting Chinese researcher on charges of hiding her ties to the Chinese military on her visa application. But the nine-page document refers to Stanford’s numerous ties to China, from a joint research center at Peking University to its hosting of a Confucius Institute, a Chinese-funded language
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