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April 8, 2022 | The Washington Post

Virginia’s universities should not support China’s military

April 8, 2022 | The Washington Post

Virginia’s universities should not support China’s military

Following Russia’s unprovoked assault on Ukraine, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) called for the commonwealth and local governments to cut ties with Russian entities. Youngkin’s entreaty was intended to show “solidarity with the Ukrainian people as they defend their country” from Russia’s aggression. Youngkin should not focus solely on cutting the commonwealth’s troubling ties to Russia, particularly as other countries, including China, continue to provide tacit backing to Moscow’s illegal invasion.

Elected leaders can and should take concrete steps to address China’s malign influence throughout Virginia, including divesting state investments in problematic Chinese companies. However, having run on a platform centered on reforming Virginia’s education system, the governor should also prioritize neutralizing China’s overt campaign to steal intellectual property from Virginia’s college campuses.

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China Military and Political Power