DHARAMSALA, 16 April: Australian academic and ethicist Clive Hamilton is gravely concerned by the subtle but intense influence of China on Canadian institutions.
“When I look at the subtle but intense influence of China on Canadian institutions — parliaments, provincial governments, local governments, universities, the intellectual community, the policy community – it makes me deadly worried,” Clive Hamilton has said in an interview on The National Post, a Canadian English-language newspaper.
The Australian academic has further stated that he was dismayed by the brazenness of friends of the Chinese Communist Party and their activities and cited the case of a really extraordinary attack on the Tibetan student (Chemi Lhamo) who was elected president of the (University of Toronto Scarborough campus) student union.
“My response is to ask what are the authorities doing about this — the university authorities and political authorities? I think that’s the real measure of China’s influence,” he said and added that “I’m kind of dismayed at the apparent unwillingness of authorities to defend those essential democratic principles, including, in this case, the right of a minority person to participate in the democratic process on campus.”
Hamilton, a professor of public ethics at Canberra’s Charles Sturt University and former executive director of progressive think-tank The Australia Institute’s book Silent Invasion: China’s Influence on Australia exposed the increasing involvement of the Chinese Communist Party in Australian politics, business, education and religious groups and the author was turned down by three Australian publishers as they feared retribution from Beijing before he found a willing publisher.
He is currently in Canada working on a follow-up book on Silent Invasion: China’s Influence on Australia to expose China’s covert influence in North America.