Sui-Lee Wee and Li Hui
June 24, 2013
China’s Tsinghua University, revealed by an American spy agency contractor to be a target of U.S. surveillance programs, is home to the country’s oldest Internet hub and routes traffic from tens of millions of users.
The alma mater of many of China’s top leaders including President Xi Jinping and former President Hu Jintao, Tsinghua’s campus in northwestern Beijing hosts the China Education and Research Network (CERNET), one of China’s six major backbone networks, according to state media.
“Tsinghua is known as the ‘MIT of China’,” said Duncan Clark, chairman of Beijing-based technology consultancy BDA, referring to the premier U.S. university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.