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WSJ Video Shows Chinese Students Abroad Don’t Return Home with Western Democracy

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Wall Street Journal video: China’s new nationalists 25 July 2017

It has long been a puzzle why so many mainland Chinese students, after a number of years of living and studying in the Western countries, do not push for democratization after they have returned home. Some scholars even suggested that perhaps there were Chinese spies everywhere watching these students here and there overseas.

In the early 1990s quite many Chinese students chose to seek to settle in the West after finishing their studies. However, since the 2000s, this type of emigrants did not increase while the number of mainlanders studying abroad rocketed high. For example, the enrollment figure in the U.S. jumped from below 30,000 in the 1980s to 68,000 in 2007 and then 304,040 in 2015. Some of them admired the freedom in the West, yet the vast majority returned home with a strong will to make contributions…

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