Cornell Cancels China Exchange Programs After Crackdown on Student Activists

Cornell University has suspended an academic partnership with China’s Renmin University (Renda) after a crackdown on Chinese students who supported a workers’ movement at a factory in the southern province of Guangdong.

Eli Friedman, director of international programs for Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, confirmed the move via his Twitter account on Monday.

“I first contacted Renmin about my concerns on Aug. 30, and formally suspended the program on Oct. 20,” Friedman tweeted in response to allegations that he had announced the move first to the media. “That is false,” his tweet said.

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