The majority of students from China come to Australia to learn English and be exposed to a different culture. This helps them get a competitive edge over graduates in their home country.
The Morrison government is setting up a University Foreign Interference Taskforce, as it grapples with encroachments by China into Australia’s higher education sector.
Australia must develop the intellectual acumen to see the world through China’s leaders’ eyes to manage the relationship on its own terms.
The government is asking universities to register the Confucius Institutes they host under the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme. So, what are these institutes and what do they teach?
The review of Confucius Classrooms, which promote Chinese language learning, comes amid concerns about foreign influence, soft power and academic freedom.