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The jurisdiction of Hong Kong's national security law covers the whole world. In order to avoid the impact of students' right to receive education, Oxford University will adopt a series of measures to protect students.  (Bloomberg file photo)

The jurisdiction of Hong Kong’s national security law covers the whole world. In order to avoid the impact of students’ right to receive education, Oxford University will adopt a series of measures to protect students. (Bloomberg file photo)

2020/09/29 05:30

[Compiled by Sun Yuqing/Comprehensive Report]In the three months since the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law, the scope of its influence has been too wide, which has aroused fear among people in democratic countries. The British “Guardian” pointed out on the 28th that following many of the top universities in the United States, Oxford University, a prestigious British university, has also formulated a response. Students who study or research Chinese issues can submit their reports anonymously, and the group guidance has also been changed to Individuals, and the content of the course cannot be shared externally to prevent students from being targeted and then being retaliated by the Chinese government.

Reports by people who research Chinese issues can be anonymous, and course content cannot be shared

According to reports, the provisions of the Hong Kong National Security Law give the Chinese government “extraterritorial powers” ​​to arrest foreign citizens who have made “illegal” words and deeds outside the territory, making students studying in the UK—especially those who have personal or family ties to Hong Kong or China— Everyone is at risk. According to statistics, more than one-third of Chinese students studying in the UK have grown in the past four years. Between 18 and 19, as many as 35 percent of non-EU students came from China, with a total of more than 120,000.

In order to protect students, Oxford University has decided that all students taking relevant Chinese courses can submit reports and assignments anonymously, and the teacher’s group guidance has also been changed to a one-to-one mode. Students were also warned that if they were to share the recording or video recording in class, it would be considered a violation of the rules. Patricia Thornton, an associate professor of Chinese political science at the school, said frankly that her curriculum focuses on students’ critical exploration of learning. The core spirit is freedom of speech, freedom of expression and academic freedom. Hong Kong’s national security law will make the curriculum unsustainable.

China requires US officials in Hong Kong to meet Hong Kong politicians with China’s consent

Lan Menglin pointed out that in addition to submitting weekly reports anonymously, so that peers will not know the authorship when they publish to each other, and to avoid students’ self-censorship, students will also be asked not to record if necessary for online courses. Content, share with people outside the classroom. She bluntly stated that “we are all Hong Kong people.” Since China claims to have extraterritoriality, it cannot ignore the possibility of deportation.

Prior to this, students in the Chinese politics course at Princeton University in the United States were also required to mark “codes” instead of names on their homework. Harvard Business School also agrees that if students have doubts, they do not have to participate in discussions on sensitive political issues. The “United Kingdom University Association” (UUK) will invite scholars on Chinese issues to discuss the impact of Hong Kong’s National Security Law. Many local academic institutions will also propose a draft of the “Code of Conduct” for the reference of universities and colleges on how to accept students from authoritarian countries. student.

On the other hand, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post disclosed on the 27th that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs stipulated that US diplomats in Hong Kong must obtain the consent of the Ministry’s Office in Hong Kong before meeting with Hong Kong officials, politicians, and educational institutions. This is believed to be It is a retaliatory measure against the US for restricting the actions of Chinese diplomats in the United States. The leader of the Democratic Citizen Party Yang Yueqiao criticized that this regulation would damage Hong Kong’s status as a cosmopolitan city.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs requires that US diplomatic officials in Hong Kong must obtain their consent before meeting Hong Kong officials, politicians and educational institutions. The picture shows the US Consulate General in Hong Kong.  (AFP file photo)

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs requires that US diplomats in Hong Kong must obtain their consent before meeting with Hong Kong government officials, politicians and educational institutions. The picture shows the US Consulate General in Hong Kong. (AFP file photo)


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