A Wall Street Journal report on China’s recent tightening of restrictions on overseas access to open-source databases said the move was prompted in part by U.S. think tank reports that had alarmed Beijing. CSET was among the think tanks mentioned, based on its use of information from the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) academic database and other open sources.
CSET Director of External Affairs Weil stated, “Like many other organizations and university libraries across the country, we were notified about changes to our CNKI access in March. This disruption is dismaying and a loss for the research community, particularly those who study China. But it will not discourage us from doing our work.”
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