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Research links with China ‘will become more political’

Ties likely to be rattled by growing geopolitical tensions and exacerbated by Covid-19

Researchers have warned that links between Chinese academics and their colleagues in Western democracies are likely to face further strain in the years to come, with the Covid-19 pandemic only worsening matters.

Ties “will be unusually political or politicised,” said Dominic Sachsenmaier, a China researcher at the University of Göttingen. Speaking at an event earlier this month, he said political turbulence would come from both ends of these international collaborations.

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