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Beijing monitors Chinese students at Universities in Australia

Beijing monitors Chinese students at Universities in Australia




Now china's crackdown on free speech is  nothing new anyone who speaks against  the chinese communist party or president  xi jinping faces possible prosecution  this has happened multiple times in the  past  and now a new report shows that the  chinese cannot speak their minds even  outside the mainland  as per the report published by human  rights wash the xi jinping regime is  monitoring chinese students living in  australia  if the students make statements critical  of the ccp  or in support of hong kong's  pro-democracy movement then their family  is back home are threatened with dire  consequences  look it's it's this uh threat of being  reported on  that really sits at the forefront of  students minds if you're from  um mainland china or if you're from hong  kong so it's this fear that if you  express  opinions critical of the chinese  communist party in front of your fellow  classmates  um that that information could be used  against you um to harm your loved ones  back home  um in in china you know that there will  be repercussions for them and it's not  just a fear  that they have now the report says that  one such student's family was threatened  by the chinese government that their  child living overseas will be arrested  if he plans to return to china  so we verified three cases of students  who had their parents back home in the  mainland visited by police or questioned  because of activities that they had  engaged in in australia  so this was you know opening a twitter  account in australia a young student who  came here  and thought that he would you know  finally be able to express his opinions  freely because he was studying in  australia  but quickly found that he was still um  under surveillance and  and tracked down and his parents back  home were threatened um  uh that he would be arrested if he  returned to china because of this  criticism  of the ccp that he had made on twitter  now the ccp intimidation is such that  life sen  self-censorship has been normalized for  students studying in australian  universities  more than half the academics were  interviewed who were either from china  or even studying  in china said they also regularly  censored themselves when talking about  china now the chinese embassy has called  the report and i'm quoting here  rubbish while the australian government  says that the situation is concerning  but australian universities have their  restrictions while speaking on the issue  keep in mind that beijing's eye on  students living in australia puts the  education  sector in a very tight spot here  international education is one of  australia's top exports in 2019 and  contributed to around 30 billion dollars  of australia's economy australia is  among the preferred countries for  chinese students  pre-pandemic data also shows that 40  percent of  australia's international students come  from china  i think the university sector has been  in a really difficult position i mean i  think a lot of these issues they haven't  wanted to know about they haven't talked  about and they have actively avoided  discussing them with their  staff and also with their students and  it was really disappointing to learn  that more than half of the students we  interviewed who experienced harassment  didn't tell their university and the  reason for that they said was because  they thought that their university  didn't care about students like them so  students who were opposed  to the ccp and wanted to speak out and  criticize it um that the universities  were more worried about you know blow  back from beijing  and being punished you know having that  tap of international students turned off.

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