Commentary on Political Economy

Friday 5 February 2021



China warning after international students attacked in Australia

China’s Education Ministry has issued a travel warning about a series of “vicious incidents” in Australia involving attacks on overseas students.

The brief warning issued on a Chinese government website on Friday did not go into detail. It also warned there were still risks travelling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Recently vicious incidents of overseas students being attacked have occurred in many places in Australia which has affected the personal safety of overseas students,” the Education Ministry notice said. “It is very serious.”

While the number of Chinese students in Australia has fallen dramatically since the coronavirus pandemic, China still remains the biggest source for international students.

While China has previously warned students and tourists could boycott Australia due to diplomatic tensions, border closures have meant it has been impossible to determine if they would continue to stay away once the coronavirus pandemic was brought under control.

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