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Picking Flowers, Making Honey: The Chinese Military’s Collaboration with Foreign Universities

Speakers Alex Joske and John Garnaut

ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre warmly invites you to attend the launch of its latest report: ‘Picking Flowers, Making Honey: The Chinese Military’s Collaboration with Foreign Universities,' by Alex Joske. 

Increasingly desperate for research funding, universities around the world have turned to China for scientific collaboration. The People’s Liberation Army has, largely unnoticed, also ridden this wave of collaboration. Unprecedented numbers of Chinese military scientists are now studying in some of the world’s top universities, seeking to accelerate the PLA’s modernisation and development of new technologies. This represents an international extension of China’s efforts to leverage dual-use technologies and civilian expertise for military ends.

‘Picking Flowers, Making Honey: The Chinese Military’s Collaboration with Foreign Universities’ is the first report to examine the global phenomenon of research collaboration between the People’s Liberation Army and universities outside of China. The report seeks to provide a foundation for long-overdue responses to the unique and overlooked challenges for governments and universities posed by this collaboration.

This report will be launched by John Garnaut, former Fairfax China correspondent and Senior Advisor to former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A with the report author, Alex Joske.

A drinks and canape reception will conclude the event.

Event image courtesy of Badiucao

Please note: The report will be available online from Monday, October 29 at 11.59pm. At the report’s official launch on Wednesday, John and Alex will discuss both the report’s findings and the initial media reaction to the report’s findings


Alex Joske

Alex Joske was an Analyst who worked with ASPI's International Cyber Policy Centre from August 2018 to December 2020.

John Garnaut

John Garnaut is a consultant to Australian government and private clients where he advises on political risks for internationally engaged corporations and institutions.