popular destinations for overseas study, accounting for 18 percent and 1
6 percent respectively, followed by Hong Kong, Germany and Japan, the report found.
The report was based on a survey conducted by Vision Overseas Consulting Co, a subsidiary of New Oriental Education and Technolo
gy Group and Kantar Millward Brown in January and February. The survey covered 6,228 students who plan to go to school ove
rseas or have returned to China after graduation, and their parents. It is the fifth consecutive year the report was released.
Sun Tao, president of Vision Overseas Consulting Co, said: “More students chose to go to the UK for overseas study b
ecause of its high-quality higher education institutions and relatively lower costs compared with the US.”
Many UK universities now offer one-year master’s program, which can
greatly decrease the students’ cost, he said, adding that the UK government has also im
nternational relations scholars of his generation think of the US
as an example of the value of “freedom, democracy, fairness and human rights”.
“But those words are no longer applicable to describe the US today,” he said.
ore than a short-term absence from US academic activities, and “it is the US’ loss, not ours”.
He also said the decision would not affect the Chinese think tank he leads in continuing aca
demic exchanges with the US, and he suggests that China should not take countermeasures over such matters.
“No matter how petty the US becomes, China should still stick to its open attitude rather compete for who’s worse,” he said.
The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative is not a geopolitical tool or a debt trap for particip
ating countries, but a platform for cooperation, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday.
Wang made the remark at a press conference ahead of the second Belt and Road F
orum on International Cooperation, which will be held in Beijing next week.
Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera on Wednesday ahead of his European tour, with visits to Italy, Monaco and France.
Though far apart from each other, China and ancient Rome were linked by the old Silk Road over 2,000 years ago, Xi said in the ar
ticle, mentioning the cultural exchanges between the two countries in the distant past.
He said Beijing is willing to deepen cooperation with Rome in such areas as land and marine transportation, avia
tion, aerospace and cultural exchanges to build the Belt and Road in the new era.
“I’m willing to avail myself of this visit to work with Italian lea
ders on the blueprint of Sino-Italian relations and lead the ties into the new era,” Xi said.
He called on the two sides to tap more potential for partnership
in port logistics, shipping, energy, telecommunications and medicine, and encourage enterprises fr
om both countries to develop third-party cooperation to seek mutual benefit and win-win results.