China’s ambassador to Britain told students to “leverage their strength” as the UK overtakes the United States as the most popular destination for Chinese students for the first time.
Liu Xiaoming urged students to practice patriotism and “serve your homeland” – activities he described as “the foundation of all effort and the highest ambition in life.” His comments last month have exacerbated concerns about China’s growing influence on campuses.
There are 120,000 Chinese students in the United Kingdom. According to the annual study of Chinese students abroad, the UK was favored by 42% of respondents, up 1%. Studies in the United States were preferred by 37%, a decrease of 6 percentage points.
This change was attributed to the intensification of diplomacy