Stories by Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian

America's oldest Confucius Institute to close

Citing federal regulations, the University of Maryland said on Friday that it will close its Confucius Institute, the earliest of its kind in the United States.

Why it matters: It is the latest in a string of U.S. universities to end their partnerships with Chinese government-funded language and culture programs.

China touts "phase one" trade deal as next step in its own development

Photograph of Chinese President Xi Jinping meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Osaka, Japan, on June 29, 2019
President Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. Photo: Xinhua/Ju Peng via Getty Images

President Trump says the initial trade agreement between the U.S. and China is "righting the wrongs of the past," referring to what he views as China's exploitative economic and trade policies. But Beijing is sidestepping that narrative.

The big picture: Domestically, China is presenting the "phase one" deal not as concessions made to a superior foe, but as the logical next phase of its own economic development.

FBI spied on Chinese students and scientists, new book reveals

Book jacket for The Scientist and The Spy
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios; Credit: Riverhead

In 1967, at the height of the Cold War, the FBI began collecting information on thousands of Chinese scientists and students in cities across the U.S. The Scientist and the Spy, a book publishing in February, reveals the existence of this former program for the first time.

Why it matters: Recent FBI indictments and investigations, targeting Chinese researchers in the U.S. and aimed at stemming the unauthorized flow of science and tech secrets to China, have raised fears among Chinese-Americans that another period of racially tinged suspicion is upon them.