This time, the trump administration has deeply hurt Chinas middle class

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 This time, the trump administration has deeply hurt Chinas middle class


Since the outbreak of Xinguan epidemic, the crackdown and sanctions from the United States have caused direct or indirect losses to families and individuals of all walks of life in China.

The United States highly distrusts Chinese students

In June 1st, the WeChat official account of the US embassy issued some restrictions on the visa restrictions of some students in China, and strictly controlled the STEM subject visa. The new deal will suspend some non immigrant students and researchers in China.

Although the new deal superficially points to the so-called graduate students, doctoral students, postdoctoral students and visiting scholars who participate in the civil military integration strategy in various forms, it may only involve about 3000 overseas students at this stage. However, its significance can not be underestimated.

Some interpretations think that the application of the new deal is vague and may be out of the way. However, the United States has launched such a new policy before it has fully studied and defined the scope, which shows that the United States has a high degree of distrust and tension on Chinese students at this stage.

Even if the scope of the list delineated by the new deal is limited, in the context of the continuous decline of bilateral relations and the deepening of the United States distrust of China, who can guarantee where the red line of the next New Deal restricting study abroad and academic exchanges will be located?

The sensitivity of suspecting neighbors and stealing axes started from a small matter, but eventually expanded to an uncontrollable field. There are many precedents in American history.

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was originally just a tea cup storm in Californias sunset industry, but eventually extended to the absurd legislation against the whole race, becoming the ugliest scar in the history of American immigration.

If the US crackdown further escalates, setting more restrictions on Chinese students is a high probability event. This will hurt a lot of ordinary families in China.

According to the statistics of the white paper series on studying abroad in China, the threshold for Chinese students to study abroad has been significantly reduced in recent years. Children of ordinary families and ordinary college students are becoming the main source of overseas students.

According to statistics in 2015, the number of students studying abroad in 985 / 211 and ordinary universities was basically equal, 45% and 46% respectively. According to the statistics in 2018, 56% of them come from ordinary universities in China, and only 31% come from 985 / 211 or double first-class universities.

According to the total expenditure of 300000 to 400000 yuan a year for studying abroad, these expenses account for more than half of the income of ordinary middle-class families in China. Even some families have to borrow money to complete such expensive investment in education.

If the United States repeats the China Exclusion Act in the field of studying abroad, China, these middle-class families, will suffer serious losses.

According to a recent report jointly written by the Institute of international education and the Bureau of education and cultural affairs of the State Council, the number of Chinese students studying in the United States has reached 723277, a new record, and China is the country with the largest number of students studying in the United States.

If these overseas students are forced to stop their studies because of the bad relations between the two countries, their individuals and families will suffer a huge loss - calculated by 300000 yuan per person, that is more than 2100 billion yuan, most of which will be borne by Chinese middle-class families.

The US side is subverting the Chinese middle classs perception of the United States

From the perspective of the long-term development of Sino US relations, the US side should also carefully consider the policy setting of Chinese students studying abroad. As a matter of fact, it is the middle-class families from which these students come from to ensure the future exchanges between China and the United States. It has shaken the Chinese middle classs understanding of the United States, which is bound to shake the soil and foundation of future exchanges between China and the United States.

Chinas middle class is a new class that has grown up after the reform and opening up. Most of them are well educated and live in modern large and medium-sized cities. They grew up in the honeymoon period of China and the United States, and generally have a good impression of the United States.

It is because of their recognition and admiration for the United States that these families choose the United States as the destination for future generations to study abroad. Its a trust in the United States.

However, if the U.S. government, encouraged by the ultra hawks, conservatives and anti china forces, makes an unwise policy choice and blocks Chinese middle-class childrens study in the United States and other activities, it will destroy the foundation of Sino-U.S. non-governmental exchanges, and will more thoroughly change or even subvert the Chinese middle classs perception of the United States in the past.

It should be noted that, on the one hand, Chinas middle class is the backbone of Chinas economic construction in recent decades, and is very proud of Chinas modernization achievements. On the other hand, the beautiful memory of the United States is being torn apart by the practice of demonizing China on the other side of the Pacific Ocean and various jaw dropping policy measures.

Whats more, the realistic consequences of trade conflicts and the bleak prospect of Sino US decoupling will have the most direct impact on the interests of the middle class in China, which will not only affect their career, but also may break their beautiful future life.

According to the annual global poll report released by EGF in April this year, the negative sentiment of Chinese towards the United States has generally increased, with 28% of respondents holding a negative attitude towards the United States, up from 17% a year ago; and the proportion of respondents with a positive attitude towards the United States has also decreased from 58% to 39% u3002

The most important thing in the communication between countries lies in the cognition and emotion of the people, which is an important foundation for the exchanges between the two countries and an important balancer for the stability of the relations between the two countries. However, in the past two years or so, the trump administrations various measures against China show that the United States obviously does not cherish this relationship, and has no good will for people to people interaction, with psychological care and understanding.

If the wrong policy of studying abroad and other policies such as suppressing Chinese enterprises investment in the United States and setting up enterprises continue for a long time, it is bound to seriously damage the non-governmental foundation of Sino US exchanges. The resulting cracks could take two to three generations to repair.

(function(){( window.slotbydup=window .slotbydup||[]).push({id:u5811557,container:ssp_ 5811557, async:true }Source: Lin Qihui, editor in charge of Beijing News_ NB13068