British universities have been told that the country’s foreign affairs, federal and development office will conduct a security review of overseas scholars and researchers who want to study or work in fields related to national security, the Sunday Times reported on the 30th. Thousands of Chinese scholars and researchers may be prevented from entering the UK, the report said.
The restrictions come amid growing concerns about Chinese students, scholars and researchers’ access to technology and knowledge that may benefit the PLA, the report said.
GCO has warned universities to be wary of “hostile state actors” targeting UK institutions to “steal personal data, research data and intellectual property rights”, claiming that such data may be used for the “military, commercial and authoritarian interests” of the latter countries;.
The restrictions will affect scholars studying or working in China, the report said.
Earlier, in response to the US cancellation of visa for Chinese students or researchers, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian once said that for some time, the US side has adopted a series of negative words and deeds in the field of people to people and cultural exchanges between China and the United States, which runs counter to the US’s self proclaimed concept of openness and freedom, runs counter to the public opinion of the two countries, runs counter to the international exchange of talents between the two countries, and gives a positive impression to China and the United States Frequent personnel exchanges and exchanges have brought serious negative effects and seriously damaged the social foundation of bilateral relations. Zhao Lijian also said, The United States government’s blatant measures to damage the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese students studying in the United States are naked political persecution and racial discrimination, and seriously violate the human rights of Chinese students studying in the United States. The United States should immediately stop using all kinds of excuses to restrict and suppress Chinese students studying in the United States for no reason. We support Chinese students studying in the United States to safeguard their legitimate rights and interests in accordance with the law, and China reserves the right to do so The right to respond further.
When Wang Yi, State Councilor and foreign minister, held a video exchange with the Asia Society of the United States in Beijing on December 18 last year, he once said that it is a reflection of dark psychology and a manifestation of self-confidence to regard Chinese students studying abroad, including experts and scholars, as “spies”. China has no intention of fighting a diplomatic war, a media war or any other war with the United States. People of insight from all walks of life in the two countries should jointly oppose the practice of stigmatizing people to people and cultural exchanges and politicizing proper exchanges, and remove all kinds of “stumbling blocks” that hinder personnel exchanges between the two countries;.