Donald Trump’s ending of Fulbright programme will only hurt Hong Kong and erode US cultural influence
- The decision is inexplicable whether one looks at it from an educational, economic or national security perspective, or simply not victimising Hong Kong further
- It is just the latest in an extended sequence of self-defeating moves that will weaken America’s infrastructure of global cultural and educational influence
David M. Lampton is Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at Stanford University’s Asia-Pacific Research Centre, former dean of faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and former president of the National Committee on US-China Relations. His most recent book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, was recently reissued in its second edition.