‘Alarming’ Chinese meddling at UK universities exposed in report

Chinese embassy appears to be coordinating efforts to curb academic freedom, say MPs

Universities are not adequately responding to the growing risk of China and other “autocracies” influencing academic freedom in the UK, the foreign affairs select committee said on Tuesday.

The report, rushed out before parliament is suspended pending the election, found “alarming evidence” of Chinese interference on UK campuses, adding some of the activity seeking to restrict academic freedom appeared to be coordinated by the Chinese embassy in London.

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