By contrast, in the services sector, investment liberalisation has taken pl...
2021-04-30 2 ENGLISH REPORTS
When it comes to assessing China’s soft-power policy, different responses by Dutch audiences to various aspects of the approach should be distinguished. China’s baseline soft-power policy, which focuses on culture and education, is received steadily in a more politicized manner. A number of reports have been published that do not discourage Sino–Dutch cooperation in these areas per se, but do warn against certain risks and dangers of becoming more entangled with Chinese infuence.
The University of Groningen, which hosts the most active of the Confucius Institutes, was forced to abandon plans to build a branch campus in Yantai, Shandong province, when these plans were heavily criticized by students and faculty, not in the least because these groups feared Chinese Communist Party (CCP) oversight on education.221 Such events are in line with a recent report on Chinese infuence operations within Dutch education and research sectors, which states that self-censorship is a problem among Chinese researchers in the Netherlands that is actively stimulated by the Chinese Embassy through various means. The avoidance of research topics that supposedly hurt the Chinese government’s image has already led to the ‘deterioration of the Dutch knowledge position on China’, so the report states.
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