The University of Pennsylvania, home of President Biden’s think tank, recently tripled its donations originating from China.
The Washington, D.C., office of Biden’s think tank, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, previously found itself under a microscope after confidential documents were found at the center. The discovery led to questions regarding Chinese donations to the University of Pennsylvania, which harbors the think tank.
New records obtained by Americans for Public Trust (APT) and provided to Fox News Digital show that the University of Pennsylvania recently saw its donations from China exponentially swell from its previous reporting period, and some of the money has come from individuals and institutions with ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“As America’s adversaries continue threatening U.S. national security interests under President Biden’s watch, it’s no surprise that donations to our colleges and universities from Chinese nationals have continued to surge,” Caitlin Sutherland, APT’s executive director, told Fox News Digital.
“This is yet another clear signal that our institutions of higher education have become instruments of foreign influence under an administration that projects weakness on the global stage,” Sutherland said. “The tripling of Chinese donations to the University of Pennsylvania, home to Biden’s think tank, should raise serious alarms among lawmakers who are interested in curbing the growing power of the Chinese Communist Party.”
The records obtained by APT from Pennsylvania’s Department of Education reveal the university pulled in $25 million in contributions from entities and individuals in China between mid-2022 and mid-2023. This figure is a significant expansion over the $8.6 million it received from the country during its previous reporting period covering mid-2021 to mid-2022.
The Ivy League school has amassed nearly $130 million in donations from China between mid-2018 and mid-2023, an exponential boost from its previous years.
Meanwhile, several of its China-based contributors have links to the CCP.