Canada tightens security for university research, affecting ties to China

With geopolitical tensions mounting, the Canadian government announced a new security system for university research that aims to prevent tech secrets leaking to key Chinese, Russian or Iranian research institutions.

The new policy–the most detailed security procedures yet made public in the West–would bar federal Canadian funding for “sensitive” research projects linked to any of 103 foreign universities and institutions that the government says “could pose a risk to Canada’s national security.”

The rules, a Canadian official said in a press briefing 16 January, could apply in theory to “tens of thousands” of grant applications – but in practice, a much smaller number of research projects would actually be affected. A more precise estimate was unavailable.

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