UK lawmakers warn of 'alarming evidence' of Chinese meddling on university campuses

Students pose for graduation photos. A new report from UK lawmakers has warned about Chinese influence on British campuses.

Hong Kong (CNN)British lawmakers have warned of what they say is "alarming evidence" of Chinese influence on university campuses, and the potential risks to academic freedom of UK institutions targeting partnerships in China.

The United Kingdom is the latest country to warn of potential meddling by Chinese authorities in the education system, after years of universities aggressively targeting students from China -- who pay significantly more than British or European students.
"Despite the fact that there are now over 100,000 Chinese students in the UK, the issue of Chinese influence has been the subject of remarkably little debate compared to that in Australia, New Zealand and the US," a report from the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said this week.
CNN is seeking comment from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding allegations in the report.
    The UK is one of the most popular overseas destinations for Chinese students, along with the US, Australia and Canada, according to a recent survey, and multiple British