June 4, 2014, one month from today, is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. China's leaders lie about what happened and prohibit public commemoration or even mention within China of the crushing of China's nascent democracy movement. Instead they seek to purchase goodwill abroad by distributing large sums of money to colleges and universities through the vehicle of Confucius Institutes that are de facto branch offices of the Chinese state.
We, the undersigned, members of free societies that cherish democracy and unfettered discourse, issue the following challenge:
We ask that on June 4, 2014, all colleges and universities that host Confucius Institutes sponsor public forums at which critics of the Chinese Communist Party and of the People's Republic of China, as well as victims and family members of the victims of the Tiananmen Massacre, will be invited to speak the truth. Confucius himself said, “Not to act when justice commands, that is cowardice.” [The Analects, 2:24]
Professor Josephine Chiu-Duke, University of British Columbia, Canada
Professor Michael Duke, University of British Columbia, Canada
Professor J. Bruce Jacobs, Monash University, Australia
Professor Steven I. Levine, University of Montana
Professor Perry Link, University of California at Riverside, U.S.
Dr. Jonathan Mirsky, writer, journalist, UK
Mr. Christopher Mullen, former Labour Party, MP and British Foreign Office minister
Professor Andrew J. Nathan, Columbia University, U.S.
Mr. John Sweeney, journalist, London
Professor Arthur N. Waldron, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.