In a recent address, Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Xie Feng, has called for the elimination of obstacles hindering educational exchanges between the two nations. Speaking at an event commemorating the 45th anniversary of China-US student exchanges and the Spring Festival Gala for Chinese and American youths at the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC, Ambassador Xie expressed his opposition to recent actions by the US denying entry to certain Chinese students.
Highlighting the importance of mutual learning and exchange for intellectual dynamism and scientific progress, Xie emphasized the need to foster an environment conducive to educational cooperation. He raised concerns about the denial of entry to dozens of Chinese individuals, including students, each month over the past few months, despite holding valid visas and having no criminal records. Xie detailed instances of prolonged interrogations, groundless accusations, and forced repatriation, labeling these actions as “absolutely unacceptable.”
Reflecting on the historic development and achievements of China-US student exchanges, Xie remarked, “Over the past 45 years, educational cooperation has always been a vivid example of our two peoples reaching out to each other, and one of the most productive areas of people-to-people exchanges. It has also laid a solid foundation for the stable development of the overall bilateral relationship.”
Acknowledging challenges faced in recent years, Xie expressed confidence in the enduring aspiration of both nations for mutual understanding and learning, asserting that those supporting China-US educational cooperation have never wavered.
Allan Goodman, CEO of the Institute of International Education, echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the mutual benefit of U.S. and Chinese students understanding each other’s countries and societies. Goodman expressed optimism about the future of youth exchanges, considering young people as natural ambassadors for fostering understanding between nations.
Bob Holden, chairman and president of the United States Heartland China Association, emphasized the importance of youth exchanges, describing them as “extremely important” for building bridges of opportunity. He emphasized that such exchanges are not a win-lose situation but rather a win-win scenario for everyone involved.