The Chinese Foreign Ministry has accused «extreme anti-China forces in the United States» of deliberately stigmatising and demonising Chinese students studying abroad, in order to «curb China's development,» at a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday.
Hua's comments came in response to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks that the Trump administration is considering imposing potential restrictions to Chinese students trying to study in the US.
«For a long time, international students and scholars from China have also made significant contributions to the United States' technological innovation and economic development. According to relevant data from the United States, Chinese students studying in the United States account for about one-third of the total number of international students,» she added before stressing how Chinese students contribute with more than $15 billion (€12 billion) to the US economy every year,» Hua said.
Hua Chunying also took the chance to speak about recent incidents at Indian-Chinese border, where China said India has trespassed the Line of Actual Control (LCA).
«On August 31, Indian troops violated the consensus reached in previous multi-level engagements and negotiations between China and India, illegally trespassing the Line of Actual Control again at the southern bank of the Pangong Tso Lake and near the Reqin Pass in the western sector of the China-India border, conducting flagrant provocations, which again stirred tension in the border areas,» Hua said, as she warned India to deescalate the situation.
The Indian Ministry of Defence released a statement on Monday defending their actions at the LCA, saying China had «carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo.»