Radio-interviews over China’s rol in investeringen en onderwijs

Op 1 december gaf Prof. Dr Frank Pieke een interview bij NPO Radio 1 om meer te vertellen impact van Chinese investeringen in Nederland en Europa. Het rapport over dit onderwerp zal 12 december om 15:00 online komen op

U kunt hier het radio fragment terugluisteren:

Op vrijdag 9 november werd het rapport over de rol van China met betrekking tot onderzoeks- en onderwijssamenwerkingen gepubliceerd. Op 3 november was Dr. Ingrid D’Hooghe te beluisteren in de uitzending van NPO radio 1. De gehele uitzending gaat over de rol van China. Het live-interview met Ingrid D’Hooghe is in het laatste deel van de uitzending.



North Korean worker files complaint against Dutch shipbuilder

At the beginning of November 2018, a North Korean worker filed a complaint at the Dutch prosecution office. The complaint was filed against a Dutch shipbuilding company for ‘profiting from labour exploitation’. The exploitation by the Dutch company happened at a Polish shipyard.

The project team ‘Slaves to the System’ led by Prof. Dr. Remco Breuker issued reports in July 2016 and February 2018 on North Korean overseas forced labour. According to the research presented in February 2018, they suggested that the Dutch companies are responsible for the poor working conditions under which the North Koreans had to work. Under Dutch law, companies can face prosecution if they profit from labour exploitation, even if it happened in another country.

It is the first time that a Dutch company has been charged with exploitation abroad. The North Korean labourer made 12-hour working days under unsafe conditions. In addition, the worker received less than half the salary in comparison with Polish workers. A large part of his earned salary went to the North Korean regime.

Link reports
People for Profit: North Korean labour on a global scale

Slaves to the System: North Korean forced labour in the EU: the Polish case

Link news articles:
the Washington Post – North Korean files slavery complaint in Netherlands

NOS – Aangifte Noord-Koreaan tegen Nederlandse scheepsbouwer

Book Presentation: China’s Digital Nationalism

On 4th December, LIAS is organizing its second  ‘Book event’ for the academic year 2018-2019 at the Main Library, Vossius Room, 17.00-19.30 pm. There will be 2 more events in the spring and possibly more in the year to come. The idea is to showcase and discuss a book authored by a LIAS faculty member published in 2018.
On December 4th, Dr. Florian Schneider  – will talk to us about  China’s Digital Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 2018)  and will respond to two discussants, Dr. Jay Huang (LU) and Prof. Dr. Jeroen de Kloet (UVA)

There will be refreshments  served after question time.

This event is primarily for LIAS staff. If you are not a LIAS staffmember, but still want to join: please contact sprangers[@]