lørdag 26. august 2017

The Cambridge Saga and Upholding Western Academic Values in the Face of Chinese Censors

The prospect of future interventions by the Chinese authorities is high. China is in the midst of a concerted program to enforce "discipline" across diverse sectors, including the media and internet, NGOs and lawyers, business and the Communist Party itself. Chinese academia is under substantial pressure to adopt “politically correct” attitudes in research and teaching. Under these broader conditions, the application of a more systematic means of control of western academic material in China would not be surprising. I suspect that CUP’s volte face, on the heels of a crowing Global Times editorial before the reversal, will lead to an escalation upwards and repercussions for western presses in China. Needless to say, the constrained conditions prevailing in Chinese academia will continue.