Agreements Between Taiwan and China Universities Infringe Freedom of Speech?

‘Academic freedom should not be oppressed by politics,’ says Premier Lin Chuan.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/03/03
By: Rosemary Chen

Six Taiwan universities have signed a letter of agreement with certain Chinese universities, stating

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classes offered to Chinese exchange students from these schools are to steer away from any politically sensitive content, especially those regarding cross-Strait relations.

Investigations were conducted by the Ministry of Education (MOE), and Minister Pan Wen-Chung (潘文忠) on March 2 said that the letters of agreement “have violated Article 33 of the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例),” which states that any contractual cooperation between Taiwanese and Chinese universities must be approved by the MOE and the nature of cooperation must not be politically motivated.

At a press conference on March 2, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yeh Yi-chin (葉宜津) said that by signing the agreement letter “would mean the acceptance of the One China principle by the Taiwanese universities,” reports Taipei Times.    [FULL  STORY]

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