In its first “study aboard alert” of the year, issued on Monday, the ministry said students and academics must “prepare accordingly” if they wanted to study in the US.
“It has been the case for a while that some Chinese students who want to study in the US have been encountering visa restrictions, prolonged review times, shortened time validity and a rising rate of visa rejections,” the ministry statement said.
“(This) affects Chinese students’ successful study in the US.”
The ministry rarely issues alerts of this nature — and when it does they often relate to one university rather than an entire country.
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The hashtag for the alert has gone viral since it was announced late Monday local time, and has already been read more than 21 million times on Chinese social media site Weibo.
Ahead of the official statement, ministry International Cooperation and Exchange Department deputy chief Xu Yongji said education exchanges had become “increasingly complicated.”
“The US and the federal government have been politicizing the normal exchanges between the countries and suppressing China in the name of the China threat and infiltration theory,” he said.