As the EU prepares recommendations on safe cooperation with Chinese partners, the Finnish authorities are already developing their own guidelines for universities and the scientific community.
The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are participating in the development of the guidelines which should be published in December.
Behind the project is the concern expressed by the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) that security risks such as espionage have increased. Finland, which does a lot of high-tech research, is a lucrative target.
Interviewed for the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation (YLE) report, Aishi Zidan, communications specialist for Supo, said China funds research activities that benefit its long-term strategic goals. Therefore, the risks associated with research collaboration are higher.
Janne Hokkanen, head of strategy at LUT University, urged researchers and faculty to keep China’s possible “ulterior motives” in mind. “The Chinese state works differently from us. It seems that people there often put state interests ahead of their own, ”Hokkanen said in the YLE report.
(Pekka Vänttinen | EURACTIV.com)