SAR Webinar: When Silence Is Not Golden: The Costs of China’s Sanctions of European Researchers”

Monday, 31 May 2021, 3 pm 

In late March this year, the Chinese government announced two sets of counter-sanctions against several European academics and research institutions in retaliation for the coordinated sanctions from the EU, the UK, Canada and the US against four Chinese officials and one entity in Xinjiang. Three of the speakers, Dr. Jerdén, Dr. Smith Finley and Dr. Zenz, are among the academics who have been personally sanctioned by the Chinese government. The Mercator Institute for Chinese Studies (MERICS), where Dr. Ohlberg was previously employed, has been one of the sanctioned institutions.

In the webinar “When Silence Is Not Golden”, the four speakers will discuss and explain how the latest sanctions effect their work and what consequences they experience and anticipate for their research. We will discuss with the them and with the audience why and how the Chinese government has been using sanctions, in particular the denial of visa to researchers on China, as a “punishment” for many years.


Dr. Björn Jerdén (Swedish National China Centre),

Dr. Mareike Ohlberg (The German Marshall Fund of the United States),

Dr. Joanne Smith Finley (Newcastle University) and

Dr. Adrian Zenz (Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation).

Monday, 31 May 2021, 3 pm (Dublin/London) / 4 pm (CET)

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