The Chinese Security Issue By James Reed

     The issue of the overseas Chinese and their loyalties is being discussed, long     after the horse has bolted. It is a major problem that has no easy solution, indicating that our liberal immigration policy since the end of World War II, is incoherent, and self-destructive.

“Britain is to tighten rules about which subjects foreign students can study at its universities in a move to prevent the theft of intellectual property by Chinese students, the Times newspaper reported on Thursday. Under Britain’s Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), postgraduate applicants from abroad already require security vetting to study subjects where their knowledge could be used in weapons programmes, according to a government website. The Times report said the list of subjects would be expanded to include areas related to cyber-security and aircraft, among others. Asked to comment on the report, the Foreign Office said the government had implemented a recent expansion of ATAS to cover military technology, to ensure Britain’s safeguards were keeping up with ever-changing global threats. “As an open country, we welcome foreign students, including from China, where they add to the academic richness of our world-leading universities,” a spokeswoman said in a statement. “But we will not accept collaborations which compromise our national security and ATAS is one of the robust procedures we have in place to protect national security and counter foreign interference.” According to the Times, the measures were expected to block hundreds of Chinese students from entering Britain, while visas for those already enrolled would be revoked if they were deemed to pose a risk.”

     On this issue, Australia has left things too late, as usual, since a sizable portion of the technocratic class is Chinese, most are good citizens, but there are going to be sizeable numbers still loyal to mother China. As a Chinese student I was tutoring English said to me “I don’t believe what the press says about Australia, and you should not assume bad things about the Chinese communist party either.” She seemed very sweet, yet was a committed communist.



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Thursday, 22 February 2024

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