上のステイトメントの中で言及されている”recently published comments about UChicago in an article about the director-general of Hanban”は、９月19日付けの上海の『解放週末』に載った
Statement on the Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago
September 25, 2014
The University of Chicago has informed Madame Xu Lin, director-general of Hanban and chief executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, of the University’s decision to suspend negotiations for the renewal of the agreement for a second term of the Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago (CIUC).
Since 2009 the University of Chicago and Hanban have worked in partnership to develop the CIUC, which has benefited research on China and collaboration between the University of Chicago and academic institutions in China. The University and Hanban have engaged in several months of good faith efforts and steady progress toward a new agreement. However, recently published comments about UChicago in an article about the director-general of Hanban are incompatible with a continued equal partnership.
The University is therefore suspending negotiations for the renewal of the agreement at this time. The University of Chicago remains committed to supporting the strong connections and longstanding collaborations between University of Chicago faculty and students and Chinese scholars, students, and institutions. As always, the University is guided by its core values and faculty leadership in all matters of academic importance.
この問題に関しては、Elizabeth Redden “Chicago to Close Confucius Institute”*1が詳しい。また、「孔子学院」と学術的な自由との対立を巡っては、葡萄牙で起きた検閲事件に関する Elizabeth Redden “Censorship at China Studies Meeting”*2を参照のこと。