China’s largest academic database, CNKI, has informed several foreign universities and research institutions that some of their access will be cancelled from April onwards, citing the new Chinese Data Security Law. Universities in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and the US have all announced the suspension of some of CNKI’s services from April 1. CNKI, co-founded by Tsinghua University and Tsinghua Tongfang, dominates the Chinese academic literature network database service market.
– China’s largest academic database, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), has recently cancelled access to some of its services for several foreign universities and research institutions from April onwards, citing China’s new data export laws as the reason.
– Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and US universities have announced that they will temporarily suspend their use of CNKI’s services starting from April 1st.
– The databases that will no longer be available include the full-text databases for Chinese doctoral and master’s degree theses, Chinese conference papers, Chinese traditional medicine materials, Chinese population census databases, Chinese yearbooks, Chinese dictionaries and classics, and more.
– CNKI was established by Tsinghua University and Tsinghua Tongfang and has a dominant position in the Chinese academic literature network database service market.
– The new Chinese data export laws and related regulations require the suspension of services to foreign CCIs and the adoption of network security reviews for CII operators, network platform operators, and network products and services purchasers that impact or may impact Chinese national security.
– The move has been criticized for further hindering global academic exchange and China’s pursuit of innovation.