Talk:Confucius Institute

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Propaganda Issues[edit]

I'm adding a section here, although I'm not sure if the structure is appropriate, but I don't know how to ask my questions the other way. I've noticed the removal of many mention of the instances of propaganda within Confucius Institutes. There seems to be enough backing from academics and universities, that we should not cleanse the Wikipedia page from these mentions. Specifically, why is Propaganda not included within the "Focus" section of the header? Who gets to decide whether that should have been removed? lessconfusedthanbefore (talk) 13:07, 6 June 2017 (EST)

I can't answer your question without any specific instances of editing or reverting. But I seem to remember removing edits along these lines so I may be part of the audience you're addressing. My best recollection is that the material that I've removed from this article has been either very poorly supported or completely unsupported by reliable sources or blatantly POV - and often both. I agree that this article should include the (very valid and well-founded, IMHO) criticism of this organization but it must be done in ways that meet our standards and are worthy of an encyclopedia article. We can't simply add politically biased screeds to this article even if many of us happen to agree with them.
It's also worth acknowledging that this is a politically charged topic that is more subtle than many other issues that we normally address in articles. I don't think that's a big problem since I think that there are many high quality sources that discuss this topic but it's something to be aware of as we work on this article. ElKevbo (talk) 18:53, 6 June 2017 (UTC)