Despite escalating political tensions between the U.S. and China, more than 155,000 U.S. visas have been issued to Chinese students and scholars since May 2021. As a result, China has been the top source of international students in the United States for 12 consecutive years.

In the 2020-21 academic year, when the pandemic broke out globally, Chinese students still made up the most significant portion, with 34.7% of international students in the U.S.

The U.S. embassy in Beijing said at a meeting on Monday, October 17, that the U.S. “still welcomes” Chinese students, despite restrictions initiated by the Trump administration.

During the Trump era, the United States imposed visa restrictions on Chinese students affiliated with the military or universities, which it saw as part of “China’s military modernization effort.”

Last year, China’s Ministry of Education accused the U.S. of harassing, interrogating, and “deporting Chinese students” without good reason, especially students studying STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math.

The department said some of the electronic devices of the expelled students were inspected and confiscated by U.S. law enforcement officers before they left the country.

According to The SCMP, Professor Aaron Koh Soon-lee said, “Political tension between China and the U.S. is unlikely to change the perception of U.S. universities in the eyes of Chinese students; who are heavily influenced by university league tables, in which U.S. universities rank highly. For undergraduate degrees, the U.S. will welcome Chinese students with open arms, whereas for doctoral students, who may be applying for scholarships, acceptance may be more cautious and stringent.”

In addition, the doctor added, Western educational institutions rely heavily on the influx of middle or upper-class students from China, India, and Southeast Asia. “one international student will subsidize three local students with tuition fees…This is one way to sustain higher education in the U.S., the UK, and Australia.”

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