Chinese Government intrusion into Western universities sparks push for collective action – Australia

The fear of Chinese Government intrusion into Western universities is sparking a push by Australia’s closest allies for a more coordinated response to Beijing’s aggressive tactics.

Key points:

  • Five Eyes partners considering collective response to threat of foreign interference
  • Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warns Australian universities needed to be resilient
  • Australia is taking a leading role in the discussions

Having observed attacks on academic freedoms in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — discussions have begun in diplomatic and security circles about whether the Five Eyes intelligence partners should respond collectively to the threat, so there are no “weak links” which can be exploited.

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