On August 13 local time, US Secretary of state pompeio announced that he asked the Confucius Institute American Center to register as a “foreign mission” after Li Dongyao let the media know anonymously in advance, according to the world wide web. Reuters said it was the latest sign of deteriorating relations between Washington and Beijing. According to Reuters, pompeio said in a statement that the Confucius Institute America Center in Washington is “an entity promoting Beijing’s global publicity and malicious influence activities on American campuses and primary and secondary school classrooms.”. < p > < p > Assistant Secretary of state for Asia Pacific Affairs of the US State Department David stavey argued at a news conference that this policy is not directly aimed at the Confucius Institutes in the United States, but at the Confucius Institute American center coordinating these institutions. < p > < p > according to a previous report by the Peng Bo news agency, an unnamed source said earlier that the US State Department would announce as early as the 13th that Confucius institutes set up in US universities must be registered as “foreign missions”. The decision means that the Confucius Institute, which has been identified as an institution “actually owned or effectively controlled by a foreign government”, will be subject to similar administrative requirements as Chinese embassies and consulates, the person said. < / P > < p > this is not the first time that the US has listed relevant Chinese institutions as “foreign missions”. In February and June this year, the US State Department listed nine Chinese media as “foreign missions” in two batches. According to the U.S. foreign missions act, once registered as a “foreign mission”, it is necessary to report to the U.S. Department of state the list of all staff members and their properties. < / P > < p > in response to the groundless smear campaign against Confucius Institutes by the United States, the Chinese Ministry of foreign affairs has repeatedly said that all Confucius Institutes in the United States are voluntarily applied by American universities, and that Chinese and American universities are jointly established on the principle of “mutual respect, friendly consultation, equality and mutual benefit”. The daily operation and management of all these Confucius Institutes are legal, compliant, open and transparent. They have made important contributions to the promotion of people to people and cultural exchanges between China and the United States, and have been widely praised by all parties. American individuals and institutions politicize the Confucius Institute, a normal Sino US educational exchange program, without any basis, showing a typical cold war thinking.