Two reports have appeared on the influence of China’s political structures on the work of academics: One, A Preliminary Study of PRC Political Influence and Interference Activities in American Higher Education and the other Repressive Experiences among Chinese Scholars:
New Evidence from Survey Data. The study on influence in the US is published by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International scholars; the study on China scholars both from China and from elsewhere by Princeton.
The Wilson study – based on 100 interviews in the US – concludes that the concerns about Chinese influence are sometimes overblown, but still warranted and based on actual interference by Chinese diplomats. The Princeton study shows that although ‘only’ 9% of scholars were questioned or detained for a short time, 26% met with denied access to data and 67% feel some kind of pressure to tread cautiously on their ‘sensitive’ research ground.