Cambridge University Press, one of Britain’s most respected academic publishers, has blocked online access in China to hundreds of scholarly articles and book reviews on Chinese affairs after coming under pressure from Beijing. The articles were published in the China Quarterly, a leading academic journal on Chinese affairs that has been in print since the 1960s, and covered a range of topics deemed politically sensitive by the Chinese government, according to Reuters. The publisher said in a statement on Friday it had complied with an instruction to remove the content so that its other academic and educational materials would remain available in China. It would not proactively censor content, it said. The list of articles the Chinese government requested be removed covered an array of topics including the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests, the 1960s Cultural Revolution, Tibet, Xinjiang and Taiwan, Cambridge University Press (CUP) said.
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