The Tragedy Of A Chinese Scholar
Webster University in Missouri released a statement on the death of Liu Qiang who worked as a representative at the Confucius Institute’s Beijing Language University.
According to the report, Liu served as an ex officio member of the Confucius Institute’s board. Liu died after a police search of his home.
The police and FBI searched Liu’s apartment last week amid a child pornography investigation. The police report did not include the cause of Liu’s death. The university said they have no evidence or reason to believe that Mr. Liu’s death relates in any way to the Confucius Institute at Webster University.
Beijing University is sending a special work team to the U.S. to investigate while urging police to release Liu’s death report.
The Confucius Institute was established around the world to enhance culture and language between China and other countries. In early September, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he was hopeful that dozens of Confucius Institute locations on U.S. campuses would be shut by the year end. Pompeo had labeled the Institute as a foreign mission.
We hope the police and FBI will come out with the report for Liu’s family. This is very sad at the time when the relationship between the U.S. and China is deteriorating, including the recent suspension of culture exchanges.
韦斯特大学在一项声明中表示，对刘院长之身亡表示哀悼，他们将配合警方之调查， 找出死亡原因 ，但他们相信刘院长之死亡和校方应无关联。