Interestingly, this news follows an announcement by Xiamen University that they will establish a campus in Malaysia several months back which is being personally pushed by Jia Qinglin (former PSC Standing Comittee member and Party Sec of Fujian). The next post will look at the link between China's geopolitical rise and the discourse surrounding "going out (走出去)" as a strategy to promote more favourable ties between China and other nations. A strategic manoeuvre to promote China's development model as a viable alternative to western-led consensus and Pax Americana? Or a benevolent long-term plan to combat the perception of China as a threat to western dominance? HE will certainly be at the vanguard of such soft power efforts and it is intriguing to see two such ventures announced in quick succession.
* - 求是创新 qiushi chuangxin； lit. seek the truth, create the new)