Representative Lin warns of Chinese influence on UK campuses in The Times

Representative Lin warns of Chinese influence on UK campuses in The Times

(Original source: The Times)

 

On 8 November, Representative Lin called out Beijing’s anti-Taiwanese campaign and censorship activities on British university campuses in a letter to The Times. Representative Lin stressed these actions are damaging to academic freedom of expression and the reputation of British higher education institutions. He cited pressure from Chinese students on the London School of Economics (LSE) to change the colour of Taiwan to match that of China on a sculpture of the globe on its campus in April. In addition, Representative Lin pointed out that last year China also exhorted British universities to change the depiction of “Taiwan” to “Taiwan, China” on their registration websites.

 

Representative Lin also stressed that China’s censorship activities extend beyond academia. He pointed out that as a result of pressure from China, Taiwan has been blocked from participating in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. “These examples demonstrate that China’s censorship and interference have gone beyond its border into not only British campuses but also other areas of British life,” he said, adding that “action should be taken without delay.”