The figures for UK universities’ growing dependence on China are laid out in a report last month from the rightwing thinktank Onward. In 2018-19, 120,385 students came from China (excluding those from Hong Kong), a 34% increase in five years and triple the number in 2006-07. The next largest overseas intake was the 26,685 students from India. France and Germany accounted for fewer than 14,000 each. Our universities have more than twice as many full-time students from China as they have from the north-east of England. … [Read more...] about Academic freedom is precious – so why have UK universities sold out to China?
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Notwithstanding this, Hong Kong – and its relationship with China – was in fact changing rapidly. Herein lies a fundamental reason for the present unrest: the growing sense of dislocation among a section of Hong Kong’s population. During the 20 years or so prior to the handover, the territory enjoyed its golden era – not because of the British but because of the Chinese. In 1978 Deng Xiaoping embarked on his reform programme, and China began to grow rapidly. It was still, however, a relatively closed society. Hong Kong was the beneficiary – it became the entry point to China, and as a result attracted scores of multinational companies and banks that wanted to gain access to the Chinese market. Hong Kong got rich because of China. It also fed an attitude of hubris and arrogance. The Hong Kong Chinese came to enjoy a much higher standard of living than the mainlanders. They looked down on the latter as poor, ignorant and uncouth peasants, as greatly their … [Read more...] about China is Hong Kong’s future – not its enemy
If you strip out age and sex, people of Bangladeshi ethnicity have twice the risk of death than people of white British ethnicity People aged 80 or older are 70 times more likely to die than those under 40 Working-age men diagnosed with Covid-19 are twice as likely to die as women The risk of dying with the virus is higher among those living in more deprived parts of the UK Certain occupations - security guards, taxi or bus drivers and construction workers and social care staff - are at higher risk Virus death rates were highest among people of Black and Asian ethnic groups when compared to white British ethnicity People of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, other Asian, Caribbean and other Black ethnicity had between a 10% and 50% higher risk of death when compared to white British people Analysis: Report has important flawThe government had been under pressure to publish the findings of this inquiry. It was due to be released by the end of May. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Risk of death is higher for ethnic minorities
Last week, scientists at Independent Sage, a rival group to the official government advisers, called for England to work to completely eradicate coronavirus, by formally adopting a Zero Covid approach. And only yesterday Nicola Sturgeon pushed for it too, for all of the UK. … [Read more...] about Polly Hudson: Exterminate knee-jerk Covid tactics!
Shadow women and equalities Marsha de Cordova welcomed the human rights watchdog's inquiry, saying: "The coronavirus crisis has shone a light on these inequalities, but the government has consistently failed to take action to save BAME people's lives during this pandemic. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Watchdog to investigate racial inequalities