Sun. Nov 28th, 2021

In his column “Isolated China is a Concern for All of Us” (Opinion, November 9) Gideon Rachman notes that China’s zero-Covid policy runs the risk of deepening that isolation. But an unintended effect works the other way around. The two-week quarantine required of anyone entering the US or China means that many of my Chinese students prefer to stay in the US rather than go home for visits.

Chinese students in other countries should have made similar decisions. So, by isolating itself from the west, China is allowing its overseas students to marinate longer in those “perishable juices”.

Granted, the US and Australia do show lower Chinese entries than in 2019.

But their most famous universities saw little impact, and British universities benefited from the cousins’ fall from grace. According to the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas), its Chinese applications increased by 30 percent between 2019 and 2021.

Jim Stodder
Visiting professor in practice,
Department of Administrative Sciences,
Metropolitan College, Boston University,
Boston, MA, USA

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