China removing foreign subscriber access to key research through CNKI

According to the article "China slashing foreign subscriber access to key research database" published in the Nikkei Asia, the Chinese government is significantly reducing the access of foreign subscribers to the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) database. This move is part of China's broader efforts to tighten control over its domestic information and research sector.

CNKI is a critical database that provides access to millions of Chinese-language academic papers, journals, and other research materials. It is widely used by researchers, academics, and students around the world, including in the United States.

The impacts of this move could be significant for U.S. universities, research security, and U.S. national security. With reduced access to the CNKI, researchers in the U.S. and other countries may face difficulties in accessing critical Chinese research materials, which could limit their ability to conduct cutting-edge research in areas such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and other key fields.

Moreover, this move could also raise concerns about research security and intellectual property theft. The Chinese government's tighter control over the CNKI could limit the ability of U.S. universities and other institutions to monitor and prevent the theft of sensitive research data by Chinese researchers or state actors.

Finally, this move could also have implications for U.S. national security, as Chinese research and innovation continue to be a key focus for the Chinese government. By limiting foreign access to the CNKI, China may be seeking to gain a competitive advantage in key areas of research and innovation, which could have long-term implications for U.S. economic and national security interests.

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China slashing foreign subscriber access to key research database - Nikkei Asia