Justin Li, who heads the Confucius Institute at Carleton University won’t acknowledge the killing of peaceful protestors in 1989 by the Chinese government. During a Parliamentary Committee hearing on Canada-China relations, Conservative MP Garnett Genius questioned Justin Li, the head of the Confucius Institute at Carleton University after Li claimed to have no affiliation with the Chinese Communist Party. In the clip, Li claims not to have the “expertise knowledge” to say whether or not the Chinese government killed as many as 2,500 student protestors in Tiananmen Square in 1989 after troops were ordered to open fire on protestors. When asked, Li refused to answer whether it was wrong for the Chinese government to kill the protestors but concluded that it was an “unfortunate event”. Justin Li is the Director of the Confucius Institute at Carleton University. He said that Confucius Institutes are independent of Chinese government control. The Confucius Institute has long been accused by American and Canadian politicians of being a front of the Chinese Communist Party to recruit spies and talent for its many industrial espionage operations.