China's property sector has always been heavily regulated by central an...
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Information on US students and scholars is much more sparse, but the limited available data makes clear that the number of US students and scholars in China is much lower than the number of Chinese students and scholars in the United States. Data from the Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE) indicates that there were around 20,000 American students in China in 2018, compared with 10,000 in 2004 and a peak of 25,000 in 2012.33 The MOE does not provide any further information on US students’ degree levels or fields of study, but data from IIE, which tracks US study abroad activity, suggests that at least half of these students (around 12,000 in 2018) are there on short-term exchange programs.34 Most US students in China face restrictions on their activities and are instructed separately from their Chinese counterparts. Even less is known about US researchers in China.
There are anecdotal examples of US scholars with part- or full-time affiliations with Chinese 33 Chinese Ministry of Education, “2018 Statistics on International Students Studying in China.” 34 IIE, “Open Doors.” universities, several of which recently made headlines due to prominent indictments. For instance, Charles Lieber, a prominent Harvard chemist, was arrested for hiding his affiliation with Wuhan University of Technology, obtained through a Chinese government talent program. Most US scholars’ Chinese jobs or affiliations are undoubtedly legitimate and public, but there is no public data source that tracks how many there are. It is still relatively rare for international scholars to work in China,35 so a ballpark estimate of US scholars working in China would likely be in the hundreds or perhaps the low thousands.
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