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CNA: Peking University Tightens Permission to Attend Overseas Online Conferences

Primary Taiwanese news agency CNA (The Central News Agency) recently reported that China’s top university, Peking University, just announced new rules for attending online conferences held overseas. The new rules apply to all branches of the University. The leaders of all branches are required to review the applications from the faculty or from students strictly in order to tighten up attendance at conferences that organizations outside of China may host. The rules emphasized that “confidentiality requirements” must be “strictly” followed. No individual can personally decide on attending such events. Instead, each person must follow the exact same review and approval process the University had in place before for attending overseas events in person. All applications must be submitted for approval at least 15 days before the event starts and should include an invitation letter and a clear agenda. All online events hosted in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are considered “international.” The announcement mentioned that the new rules are based on the requirements that the government authorities have set. The goal is to “ensure the online international exchanges are done in an orderly fashion.”

Source: CNA, August 21, 2020