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In Canberra, the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security has begun hearings into national security risks affecting the higher education sector – with Chinese talent recruitment programs being one of the main early focuses.
Readers may recall this inquiry was launched last year after a push by Coalition backbenchers who raised concerns China’s Thousand Talents Plan – a research collaboration program – may be “designed to harvest research and talent and intellectual property from other countries for the benefit of the Chinese government”, as Liberal MP Andrew Hastie said at the time.
We shouldn’t be entirely banning talent recruitment programs … the focus should be on ensuring transparency.
But I think if you take the country out of talent recruitment programs you’re missing what really makes them concerning because there are very unique features of how China carries out some of these activities, how it approaches engagement with our universities that I think the government needs to understand and our universities need to understand in order to manage those risks appropriately.
I’m transfixed by this photo.
Partially by the thumbs up, but mostly because I can’t figure out why on earth you would make it so you can open the windows into the cockpit of a plane. That seems like it could only ever have bad results.