The University of Canterbury (UC) said on Dec. 11 that a review of the report found that Brady and her co-authors had met the responsibilities of its policy as well as New Zealand’s 1989 Education Act.
It noted however that as the report was intended for parliamentary submission and succinct, the committee leading the review recommended that some phrases could be amended to provide clarity.
The ReportThe paper is an investigation by the professor into how China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) exploited civilian channels for military purposes in New Zealand.
Brady, who specializes in Chinese domestic and foreign politics at UC, wrote in her latest paper that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “is preparing China for what the Chinese leadership believes is an inevitable war.”
“The New Zealand government needs to work with businesses and universities to devise a strategy to prevent the transfer of military-end-use technology to China,” the research states.
It also claims that a number of universities in New Zealand have links to Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, and that some academics have participated in Beijing’s well-financed recruitment program, the Thousand Talents Plan, which has come under close U.S. scrutiny over possible threats to national security.
The Thousand Talents Plan, which was rolled out by Beijing in 2008, is China’s most prominent state-run recruitment program. Hundreds of similar operations exist at the central and local government levels, aiming to attract promising overseas Chinese and foreign experts in the fields of science and technology to fuel China’s innovation drive.
The CCP plays a central role in executing the recruitment plan.
Suppression of Academic FreedomResponding to the review’s findings, Brady told The Epoch Times that neither her lawyers nor she could see anything to justify the complaints or the gag order.
“Staff and students at the complaining institutions, Victoria and Auckland universities, have as much at stake as me in knowing that their vice chancellors will also stand up for academic freedom,” she said. “They asked UC to suppress my academic freedom against a parliamentary submission. My submission contributed to better legislation updating the regulation of strategic goods.”
Complainant Jennifer Dixon, deputy vice chancellor at the University of Auckland (UA), asserted that several “assertions and inferences” made about an academic identified in the report—Wei Gao, a materials science and engineering professor—were inaccurate.
A spokeswoman for UA told The Epoch Times in a statement that UC’s review didn't cover its specific complaint.
“We stand by our original complaint, and are concerned that the review did not address the issues raised ... relating to assertions and implications made about professor Wei Gao,” it said, asking Brady to amend her publication to reflect Gao’s “academic record.”
Brady, in her statement, criticized the review process of her report.
“We must know how it came to be that academic research can be attacked with disciplinary powers, instead of the normal transparent publication of competing views and claims,” Brady said.
Anders Corr, principal of Corr Analytics, told The Epoch Times that the China Democracy Foundation welcomed the university’s decision.
“Let's hope it serves as a lesson to other universities not to try and squelch the freedom of speech of their academics with bogus investigations into their work. The proper way to dispute academic work is with better academic work,” Corr said.