(Yicai Global) April 17 -- Hype in the US regarding China’s “influence” on the country through the presence of overseas students and scholars is unfair, says its ambassador.
The US claims that China is able to “infiltrate” the country through its academic presence is a sensationalist viewpoint and Chinese language teaching programs should not be seen as a threat, Chinese Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, said in a speech at the 2018 Wharton China Summit in Philadelphia.
“My personal experience of studying in the US 30 years ago remains fresh in memory as it has a positive impact on my academic and career development, and even my personal life. I have been more than grateful to my alma mater and teacher there all along,” said Cui.
“Such experience also enabled me to see that the basis of friendship between both countries rests on the peoples. The mutual understanding and friendship of the two peoples, especially of the younger generation, will steer the future of the bilateral relationship,” he added. The Chinese students come to the US to study its textbooks, learn from its teachers, and get along with local classmates in American schools, Cui pointed out.
“I wonder as to why some fear the influence of Chinese students in the US while China is not worried that these students may be subject to the impact of the U.S. society. This kind of thinking is disrespectful not only to Chinese students, but also to American schools and teachers, said Cui.
Cui hopes that that American politicians and so-called strategists do not take the wrong direction, but make the right choices at what he called a crossroads in history. As long as China and the US always prioritize the interests of their two peoples and set out to serve them, this choice not difficult to make, he added.
Editor: William Clegg