China has its claws firmly entrenched In Canada's universities
My oh my, the internet can be so useful. Here we find all kinds of stuff that the University of British Columbia and China are doing.
Now, I am not talking about when the first Chinese student attended UBC in 1915. And other early firsts in the university ‘s involvement with China.
I am talking about the last several years when it has been known, that, rather than the country loosening up, as many westerners naively thought, matters are getting worse from a democracrasy perspective in that country.
Of, course there has never been any real democracy in China. It is a Communist state. There was a little economic loosening which has now turned into state-owned enterprises gobbling up those partially-free small enterprises that were allowed to operate, still, of course, under the watchful eye of the state. And minorities are suppressed, and subjugated. Imagine the Roman Catholic Church having to get the state approval of appointing a bishop in that country. Remember render unto Caesar?
UBC is only one of three Canadian universities ranked in the top 50 in the world. So it is fitting that China would be interested in this university.
So, let’s look at recent times UBC and China
1980 — First memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed with a Chinese university, Peking University.
1980–UBC involved with CIDC ‘s projects in China. You see Canada (remember Pierre Eliott Trudeau and his love for China) viewed China as a developing country then and Canada’s Development Agency, CIDC, was spending our money to help China develop its infrastructure. As it turn out it was to better steal our technology.
1992— UBC establishes the Centre For Chinese Research. You know, not satisfied with a few MOUs and working with the Government of Canada in China, the university wanted to deepen its ties with this Communist nation.
2002 – UBC establishes International MBA program in Shanghai.
2011– UBC identifies China as one of its top priorities in international strategy—-what ever that means. Of course, it means more involvement with China.
2013 – UBC China Council established – so it wasn’t enough to have a Centre For Chinese Research, there must be a UBC China Council.
Where we are now?
On the UBC China Council website we find the statistics, the last being for 2016. One has to wonder why there isn’t more recent data.
Let me quote from the site for 2016:
‘In 2016, UBC has 95 active agreements with 52 universities from mainland China. UBC has developed six joint degree programs with Chinese partner universities with another five under development. The university has also built six joint research centers with its Chinese partners.’
‘In addition to collaborations with universities, UBC also develops extensive research and training collaborations with governments, corporations, research institutions and hospitals in China.’
Have you got that? 95 agreements with 52 universities. China is well ensconced into one of Canada’s largest universities.
China’s Uuniversities all have Communist Party people on their governing boards. How many Canadians realize this?
Chinese Universities are not independent. They are powerful arms of the Communist Party and government.
There is no free speech, worship, internet.
Freedom House, an independent organization which tracks global freedom, says about China this year: “For the sixth consecutive year, China was found to have the worst conditions for internet freedom.” And on an overall Freedom Index (Political rights and civil liberties) it scored 10 out of 100. Described by Freedom House as not free.
So here we are intricately involved in information sharing with an authoritarian, Communist state that is pursuing world domination while stealing information, pursuing a non-democratic model, no free speech, internet worship and breaking international law.
And we have two Canadians in jail in China without due process.
Does this sound right to you?