A police officer in front of a Chinese flag during a pro-democracy Hong Kong rally in Adelaide, Australia, on August 18. Such protests have prompted clashes between pro-Hong Kong and pro-China student activists at Australian universities. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Australia overstating Chinese influence at campuses

  • Concerns range from racist and xenophobic overtones to the implications of universities’ dependence on full fee-paying foreign students

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A police officer in front of a Chinese flag during a pro-democracy Hong Kong rally in Adelaide, Australia, on August 18. Such protests have prompted clashes between pro-Hong Kong and pro-China student activists at Australian universities. Photo: EPA-EFE
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The removal of the China-funded programme comes amid heightened concerns about Chinese activities in Australia and a souring of relations. Photo: EPA

Australia’s biggest state ends Chinese education programme over fears of foreign interference

  • The programme, which is administered by Chinese government agency Hanban, teaches Mandarin in 13 public schools
  • The move comes amid heightened concerns about Chinese activities in Australia and the Pacific region and a souring of relations in recent years
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The removal of the China-funded programme comes amid heightened concerns about Chinese activities in Australia and a souring of relations. Photo: EPA
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