(China-8) Australian academic claims China book ‘censored’

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SPECIAL NOTE: I was privileged to live and work in China for 7 years…and during that period of time, I was careful what I said, especially, in public…including to my students in the classes. Thought I felt total freedom to say what I wanted to say to my students…”honesty is NOT the best policy” when you are in China. I did not want someone knocking on my apartment door, forcing on me a one-way plane ticket to return to America! That this can happen is a present reality, to me while teaching in China. They did this to some foreigners during the 2008 Beijing Games, those who came demanding China to do this and that, especially in areas of “human rights”, etc. Or hanging out banners to advertise your causes…not in China. Those apprehended were given the one-way ticket home, and never to return again to the Chinese soil. I was too smart for this! I started writing an important book about THIS IS CHINA…primarily for those  Americans who are too provincial and myopic in their thinking, unaware China is slowly but assuredly taking over the world…particularly with President Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative, now permeating Eurasia and spreading its wings to the four corners of the earth! Slowly affecting all those it comes into contact, and spreading like the invisible cancer…and more and more are allowing themselves to be affected and infected with this economic cancer…directly from mainland China. So whatever my dear professor friend in Australia, Clive Hamilton, is trying to say about China and its direct influence inside Australian institutions of higher learning…just be careful of your mighty pen…As a country Australia wants and needs trade with China…and nothing is going to stand in the way of this mutual beneficial relationship…if they have to sacrifice Hamilton’s book…so what? In some cases, the pen IS NOT mightier than relationship between two countries. I have two doctor friends in Australia, my niece lives in Australia, and I have a few Chinese students now pursuing education in Australia. They are a small minority, seeking advanced education…not to stir up trouble in Australia. Students bring to Australia not only their brains but tons of money to spend…A small minority may be vocal about certain issues as foreigners in a host country…The hosts need to teach them the ways of Australia…I never forgot what former PM of UK Tony Blair once said: As guests of UK, please learn our ways, our values, our language, etc. Maybe Australia needs to help the Chinese students learn your ways, your values, your language, etc etc etc. Steve November 13, 2017 

Australian academic claims China book ‘censored’

  • 13 November 2017 BBC WORLD NEWS

 

 

An author has said a publisher withdrew plans to release his book about alleged Chinese influence in Australia due to fears of “retaliation” by Beijing.

Prof Clive Hamilton said the Australian publisher, Allen & Unwin, was concerned about potential defamation actions.

Allen & Unwin described the decision as a “delay” based on legal advice.

Allegations of Chinese interference in Australian universities and other aspects of society have caused much discussion in recent months.

Prof Hamilton said the decision not to publish his book, titled Silent Invasion: How China is Turning Australia into a Puppet State, was significant.

“This really is a watershed in the debate over China’s suppression of free speech,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“[It is] the first instance where a major Western publisher has decided to censor material of the Chinese Communist Party in its home country.”

China’s ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, has previously described allegations of interference as “groundless” and stirring up “China panic”.

‘Extensive legal advice’

Prof Hamilton, who specialises in public ethics at Charles Sturt University, has published several other books through Allen & Unwin.

He said his latest book was critical of China, and that the final manuscript had been revised with legal concerns in mind.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp and the Sydney Morning Herald quoted an email by Allen & Unwin to Prof Hamilton last week in which it described his book as “extremely significant”.

However, the email also raised concerns about “potential threats to the book and the company from possible action by Beijing” – especially the chance of “vexatious defamation action”.

In a statement to the BBC, the publisher said: “After extensive legal advice we decided to delay publication of Clive’s book Silent Invasion until certain matters currently before the courts have been decided.

“Clive was unwilling to delay publication and requested the return of his rights, as he is entitled to do.”

The statement did not elaborate on the other legal matters.

Recent debate

Last month, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop urged Chinese students to respect freedom of speech at universities, saying it should not be “curbed in any way”.

The comments followed a high-ranking government official’s call for universities to maintain their integrity over foreign influence on campuses.

In four prominent cases in recent months, Chinese students at Australian universities have complained about teaching materials being incorrect or insulting to China.

In June, Australian media outlets reported that Chinese students in Australia were being monitored for dissident behaviour – a claim rejected by the Chinese embassy.

 

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