HK might cut off student exchanges

INTERFERENCE: Hong Kong believes that the Taiwanese government influences students to take part in ‘subversive actions’ when they return home, a source said

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 21, 2020
By: Chen Yu-fu, Chung Li-hua and
William Hetherington / Staff reporters, with staff writer

People walk in Exchange Square in Hong Kong on Nov. 4.
Photo: EPA-EFE

The Hong Kong Government might order Hong Kong universities to cease exchanges with Taiwanese universities to prevent students’ involvement in political activities, a source said yesterday.

National security legislation imposed on the territory by Beijing in June empowers the Hong Kong government to interfere in educational exchanges.

Article 9 of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region stipulates that the Hong Kong government “shall take necessary measures to strengthen … supervision and regulation over matters concerning national security, including those relating to schools.”

Hong Kong government officials believe that the Democratic Progressive Party is influencing Hong Kong students in Taiwan and encouraging them to take part in “subversive activities” when they return home, the source said.   [FULL  STORY]

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