Thursday, December 9, 2021

China maintains deafening silence on return of foreign students even as it urges US to give visa to Chinese students

China has continued to maintain silence on the return of international students even as it urged the U.S. to reconsider its denial of study visas to more than 500 Chinese students. Last week, the China International Student Union, an organization campaigning online for the return of foreign students to China wrote an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping drawing upon his comments in 2010, when he referred to foreign students as “forever, a friend of China”.

The letter drew attention to the precarious situation of these “forever friends of China” that only China can remedy. On the issue of visa denial to Chinese students, Chinese Foreign Ministry Tuesday said China had lodged stern representations with the U.S. over the matter and urged the U.S. to correct the mistakes and reconsider the visa applications. However, on the issue of the return of foreign students to China, foreign ministry is maintaining a deafening silence.
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