Cambridge University Press reverses China self-censorship decision


The petition, which was signed by almost 500 people by early evening Monday, was written by Christopher Balding, a Professor of Economics at Peking University’s HSBC Business School.

Prof Balding praised CUP’s decision to repost the articles, saying it was “courageous on their part” and that he understood the “difficult spot” the publishers were in.

“Hopefully, this will prompt thinking by foreign universities and academics about how best to engage with China rather than accepting its censorship exports,” he told The Telegraph.

China’s Global Times newspaper had earlier warned in an editorial on CUP that if “Western institutions” would not work under Chinese censorship – they should leave.

“If they don’t like the Chinese way, they can stop engaging with us,” said the newspaper, which has links to the Communist Party.

The crackdown in academia is seen as being part of a wider clampdown on rights in China under Xi Jinping, the Chinese president.

Some academics in China have complained about an ideological tightening since he assumed leadership of the Communist Party almost five years ago.

Additional reporting by Christine Wei