India on Thursday announced new restrictions on universities seeking to cooperate with Chinese institutions. The order came down only a week before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet with Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping.
Indian universities will now be required to obtain approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs before “signing up to Memorandum of Understandings, educational exchange programs, agreements and joint declarations of intent” with the Chinese.
The new directive further stated that any agreements already in force must be suspended until they have been reviewed and approved by the two ministries.
The reason for the new review procedure was not clearly stated, but observers widely assumed it had to do with the delicate China-India security relationship – a balancing act made no easier by India’s recent moves in the disputed Kashmir region bordering India, Pakistan, and China – and