|Students going to China was a good intention, but making it mandatory wasn't|
"These [developmental] opportunities may be anywhere in the world, but obviously in view of our geopolitical situation, mainland China will be one target area," Mathieson said. Such experiences would help students develop a "truly global perspective".
HKU may have had good intentions, but it didn't go down so well with the students. It's going to take a while for things to calm down.
Unfortunately this is bad timing because people really need to get to know and understand China beyond the headlines, which force knee-jerk reactions. Because the more we know about the mainland, the greater our chances in dealing with the giant more on our terms.