China tells colleges to ban Oxfam

China’s education ministry has ordered colleges to cut ties with Oxfam and prevent it from recruiting on campuses, accusing its Hong Kong branch of a hidden political agenda. A notice attributed to the education ministry said the Hong Kong branch of Oxfam, which oversees operations on the mainland, was a “non-governmental organisation seeking to infiltrate” the mainland. According to the South China Morning Post, the notice appeared on a website run by Minzu University in Beijing, it described the group as “ill-intentioned”. The notice, dated 4 February, also said: “All education departments and institutions of higher education must raise their guard and together recognise and take precautions against the unfriendly intentions of Oxfam Hong Kong’s recruitment of college volunteers.” The notice has since been removed.