An elite American university joined an alliance with the Chinese Communist Party that helps the Chinese government grow its economy and influence.
Washington University-St. Louis remains the only Northern American school to join the University Alliance of the Silk Road (UASR), which is an academic arm of the People’s Republic of China. The school joined the alliance in 2015 under the leadership of Chancellor Mark Wrighton.
According to the UASR website, it was designed to “advance institutional exchanges and partnerships on the Silk Road routes in regards to talent education, scientific research, cultural dissemination, policy studies, and medical services.” The organization claims to be “non-governmental,” though Chinese-sanctioned media admits that UASR is part of the Chinese Communist Party’s academic programming.
Former-Chancellor Wrighton told The Daily Wire that he joined the initiative to expand collaborative programs that exist between Washington University-St. Louis and a Chinese university.
“I was invited to join the UASR at the time of its founding by