China bans Australian academics in apparent tit-for-tat retaliation

China bans Australian academics in apparent tit-for-tat retaliation

  • Clive Hamilton and Alex Joske have written extensively on Chinese influence overseas, say they have no plans to visit
  • Journalists have already been affected by worsening relations between Beijing and Canberra, now scholars feel the heat

Two Australian academics have been banned from entering China, after Australia revoked the visas of two Chinese scholars on national security grounds, Chinese state media has reported.Clive Hamilton, an Australian professor and author of books on Chinese influence operations in other countries, and Alex Joske, an expert on Communist Party influence who works as an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, were targeted under the country’s exit and entry law, according to state-run tabloid Global Times, which is affiliated to party mouthpiece People’s Daily.

The report, which quoted anonymous sources, did not cite any reasons for the decision.