Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has warned about possible foreign infiltration of local institutions, including universities.
Lam was referring to a foreign study that 849 students from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology participated in during the 2017 and 2018 protests to provide information on the rallies.
The students were reportedly paid HK$350 to participate in the study by professors from the US and Australia.
The study had been recently published in the June issue of the American Economic Review, a monthly academic journal.
Lam reminded local universities of their duties to prevent the impact on local students of international academic activities with “prejudice and bias.”
“As a matter of principle that based on the events that we have seen in the latter half of 2019 until the enactment and implementation of the National Security Law (for Hong Kong), I hope there is now no doubt in the minds of many people that there are external forces quite active in Hong Kong for their ulterior motive,” said Lam.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology however denied that it approved the paying of students to participate in the study.