25 April 2017
China is stepping up pressure on educational institutions, including many that run joint programmes with leading western universities, as President Xi Jinping’s ideologically infused anti-corruption campaign takes aim at the country’s intellectual establishment.
Teams of agents from the Communist party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection arrived on the campuses of China’s 29 top universities in the middle of March and will remain there to carry out inspections until the start of May. University presidents and senior administration staff have been told to remain on campus and cancel all travel plans, according to two people familiar with the situation...
Political security is the predominant concern, and key sources of threat that have been identified are universities, lawyers and civil society groups. We know what has happened to lawyers and NGOs [non-governmental organisations]. Universities are a more recent target,” says Fu Hualing, a law professor at the University of Hong Kong... Click here to read the full article.