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The U.S issued just 808 visas to Chinese students between April and September this year, down from 90,410 recorded in the same period of 2019.
The dramatic decline is just one example of the deterioration in relations between the U.S and China, with the former discouraging applicants amid rising tensions between the two countries.
Chinese students equate to the largest share of international students in the U.S at roughly 30%, with around 370,000 studying in the country during the 2018-19 academic year.
The fall represents a significant financial threat to U.S universities, with most international students paying more than their American counterparts.
It is estimated that Chinese students alone paid an estimated USD 15 billion in tuition payments to U.S colleges in 2018-19.
The Trump administration has argued that Chinese students and researchers steal American technology, intellectual property and research. As such it has tightened visa regulations, such as reducing the validity of visas issued to Chinese graduates.
Furthermore, in September this year, the U.S Department of State revoked 1,000 student visas provided to Chinese nationals, arguing the students and researchers had ties to the Chinese military.
Reports also suggest the Joe Biden will continue to impose sanctions against China, suggesting the challenges that Chinese students face will continue.
A reduction in demand from Chinese students to study in the U.S should favour other reputable higher education destinations such as the UK.
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