WEB - Vansky - Vancouver, 13/06/2020 - ARTICLE, Chinese
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Summary Translation: No Byline - The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the diplomatic tension between Canada and China, has caused the number of Chinese students studying in Canada to fall sharply by 44% in the first quarter of this year. The number of visas issued to Chinese students in the first quarter of this year decreased by more than 50% compared to the same period last year. According to the Vancouver Sun, although Canada’s relationship with China was tense due to the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the Chinese government did not publicly tell young people in China to avoid studying in Canada. Some close allies of Canada, such as Australia and the United States, have requested an independent investigation into China and the WHO's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada has applied some pressure in this regard but not as aggressive as the aforementioned countries. In 2019, more than 150,000 Chinese citizens studied and worked in Canada, making it the second largest group of foreign students after India. Last year, 53,000 students in the Greater Toronto Area came from China, while 34,000 students in the Greater Vancouver Area came from China, and 4,000 students from Victoria came from China. International students, including Chinese students, have been the main source of funding for many educational institutions in the country. However, since the COVID-19 outbreak, tense diplomatic relations, border restrictions, the transition to online classes and the high unemployment rate, the number of Chinese students studying abroad has decreased.
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