Is Academic Freedom Threatened by China's Influence on U.S. Universities? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 25, 2015   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the June 25, 2015 hearing "Is Academic Freedom Threatened by China's Influence on U.S. Universities?" held before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of subcommittee Chairman Christopher H. Smith: ""This hearing is timely for three reasons: The growing number of satellite or branch campuses started by the U.S. universities in China; the record numbers of Chinese students, 275,000 estimated, enrolling in U.S. universities and colleges in China in each year, bringing with them nearly $10 million a year in tuition and other spending; and the recent efforts by the Communist Party of China to regain ideological control over universities and academic re- search. Official Chinese Government decrees prohibit teaching and research in seven areas, the so-called seven taboos or seven silences, including universal values, press freedom, civil society, citizen rights, criticism of the party's past neo-liberal economics, and the independence of the judiciary. All of these so-called seven taboos are criticized as Western values, which begs a very significant and important question: Are U.S. colleges and universities compromising their images as bastions of free inquiry and academic freedom in exchange for China's education dollars?" Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeffrey S. Lehman, Susan V. Lawrence, Robert Daly, Mirta M. Martin, and Yaxue Cao.

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