30 Nov '17, 11am

Overstating Chinese influence in Australian universities

Overstating Chinese influence in Australian universities

Author: Fran Martin, Melbourne University Both Australia’s national government and its security agency ASIO have expressed concerns over the influence that the Chinese government exerts on Chinese student groups studying at Australian universities. They have also accused Beijing of using those groups to spy on Chinese students in Australia. Ministers, security specialists and the media have contributed to a rising chorus of questions over the implications of foreign interference for Australian universities. Are these students’ actions remotely controlled by the Chinese embassy or groups such as the United Front? Are they spying on each other? Does the expression of their opinions imperil freedom of speech in Australian universities? Many of these reports appear to be based on thin research and significantly overstate their case. A five-year study of the social experiences ...

Full article: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/30/overstating-chine...

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