It was very obvious in 2020 when the Chinese population of Bristol left. Because, quite simply, it became very rare to see anyone with a Chinese or Japanese face. Which are characteristically different from the Caucasian one.
Lot of building works, and then new flashy students accommodation opened.
The Times has this morning (13/09) reported claims that the Chinese tech company Huawei has successfully ‘infiltrated’ a research centre at the University of Cambridge. It is suggested that three of the four directors at the Cambridge Centre for Chinese Management (CCCM) have ties to the Chinese tech firm; and, the centre’s so-called chief representative, Yanping Hu, is supposedly a former senior Huawei vice-president.
In particular, the Times reports that Hu is “entitled to a special allowance” from the Chinese State Council. Purportedly described on the Chinese version of the CCCM’s website as head of Huawei’s Hua Ying Management training centre, the University of Cambridge denied Hu’s involvement in CCCM, a department in the Cambridge Judge Business School, in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Times, claiming that he is not currently providing services or resources to them and has never done so.
The Times claims that all references to Hu have been removed from CCCM’s website since they approached the University.
Is it unreasonable, to wonder, just how much has been traded off, in terms of research and intellectual property, to China, and plausible even, that Bristol University may be vulnerable to Chinese Government spying.
The planning officer who passed the third building for students within 0.5 miles of my flat said, “I don’t think there will be an over concentration of students in St Pauls”.
It’s worrying that the individuals weighing up the pros and cons for approving developer plans are either stupid or CARELESS and stupid to the security risks, of it being brought up by China.
We desperately need more funding, and not to ignore risks to security of our research at Bristol university, if we keep welcoming the higher fee paying students.