Congressional hearing, ‘Is Academic Freedom Threatened by China’s Influence on U.S. Universities?’, to be held on Dec. 4

Chris Smith, right, listens to China Aid founder and President
Bob Fu as he translates the testimony given by Chen
Guangcheng via phone from in Beijing during a congressional
meeting on May 3, 2012. (Photo: China Aid)

China Aid Association

By Rachel Ritchie
(Washington—Dec. 2, 2014) Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ, will hold a hearing entitled “Is Academic Freedom Threatened by China’s Influence on U.S. Universities?” at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

According to a press release from Smith’s office, speakers include Dr. Perry Link, from the University of California, Riverside, Thomas Cushman, of Wellesley College, and Xia Yeliang, a visiting fellow at the Cato Institute.

“The Chinese educational market is a lucrative one, but we have to ask if there are any hidden costs for American schools and colleges seeking access to that market,” said Smith, who serves as the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.

“By rushing to build campuses in China and signing agreements to have Chinese government entities on American campuses, are universities and schools accepting restrictions on foundational principles of American higher education? The American university model is the world’s best and they should be ambassadors for freedom and democracy globally,” Smith said.

China Aid founder and President Bob Fu has been involved in many hearings concerning China led by Smith.

Smith also serves as a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, co-chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, co-chairman of the Congressional-Executive Committee on China, and executive member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Smith is also a member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

For more information on the hearing or to watch the live webcast, visit

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