The second-ranked US ambassador stated on monday that more Chinese students should be admitted to US institutions, but they should study the humanities rather than the sciences. She also mentioned that due to security concerns, US universities were preventing Chinese students from gaining access to key technologies.
Kurt Campbell, the deputy secretary of state, claimed that not many Americans were pursuing degrees in mathematics, science, technology, and engineering. He suggested that rather than china, the US should be enticing more foreign students to study in such subjects, especially from India, which is becoming a more significant US security ally.

Over 2,90,000 Chinese students were enrolled in US universities during the 2022–2023 academic year, making them the country's biggest group of international students. However, others in academia and public society contend that strained ties between the US and china, along with worries about US expertise being pilfered, have scuttled scientific collaboration and unfairly distrusted Chinese students.

Campbell told the Council on Foreign Relations think tank, "I would like to see more Chinese students coming to the US to study humanities and social sciences, not particle physics."
In response to criticism that it encouraged racial profiling of Asian Americans, the Biden administration terminated the china Initiative, which the trump administration had formed to counter Chinese espionage and intellectual property theft. Campbell was questioned about this.

According to Campbell, US colleges have been "careful about the labs, some of the activities of Chinese students," but they have also made "careful attempts" to promote Chinese students' pursuit of higher education.
"I do think it is possible to curtail and to limit certain kinds of access, and we have seen that generally, particularly in technological programmes across the US," he stated.
According to Campbell, some people had stated that china was the only country that could make up for the lack of science students.
"I believe that the largest increase that we need to see going forward would be much larger numbers of indian students that come to study in American universities on a range of technology and other fields," he stated.

While authorities in beijing were mostly to responsible for any deterioration in academic, economic, or non-profit sector connections, Campbell acknowledged that the US needed to exercise caution in order to avoid severing ties with China.
In addition, Campbell noted that international entrepreneurs and philanthropists were hesitant to make long-term commitments in china because of worries about their personal safety. "It really has been china that has made it difficult for the kinds of activities that we would like to see sustaining," Campbell said.

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