Applying to US universities getting riskier for Chinese students, warns Beijing
In a brief statement on its website, China’s Ministry of Education said that getting permission to study at a US college could take longer than in the past, and that the chances of visa approval had decreased. Even requests that get approved are being granted for shorter durations than they had been in the past.
“The Ministry of Education reminds students and scholars to strengthen risk assessment before going abroad to study, enhance awareness of prevention, and make appropriate preparations,” the statement read.Also on rt.com China’s retaliatory tariffs on $60bn of US products kick in
US-Chinese relations are entrenched in a trade war, with US President Donald Trump imposing $250 billion worth of duties on Chinese goods, and China retaliating with similar tariffs of the same sum.
Hu Xijin, editor of popular Chinese journal Global Times, observed in a tweet that recent restrictions against Chinese students have come against the backdrop of these trade tensions. In 2018, for example, the US shortened the duration of visas for Chinese aviation and robotics students from five years to just a single year.
Based on information I received, China will issue a warning on the risk of studying in the US. This warning is a response to recent series of discriminatory measures the US took against Chinese students and can also be seen as a response to the US-initiated trade war.— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) June 3, 2019
Approximately 360,000 Chinese people study in the US at any one time, and they are accredited with contributing about $14 billion to the American economy annually, according to Reuters.
But the year-over-year increase of Chinese students choosing to study in the US fell last year to one-twelfth of the country’s 2010 figure, according to the New York Times.
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