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Chinese students in US fear backlash after Vice-President Mike Pence’s inflammatory speech

Oct 9, 2018 by

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But politician’s suggestion of a sinister link between Chinese Student and Scholar Associations and Beijing is widely dismissed

Chinese students in the United States have dismissed claims made by US Vice-President Mike Pence that their official groups representing them are part of a Communist Party effort to “foster a culture of censorship”, though they did express concerns of a backlash from the inflammatory remarks.

In a speech in Washington on Thursday, Pence accused Chinese Student and Scholar Associations (CSSA) of alerting consulates and embassies whenever students, or their American schools, “stray from the Communist Party line”.

“Anyone who knows me personally will find it absurd to think I’m a spy,” said Huhe Yan, a final-year student at Columbia University in New York, who comes from Hohhot, capital of north China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

“For me, the worry is not so much how my peers at the school will treat me differently because of this rhetoric …[ it’s that] biases and insecurity tend to translate into aggression, whether that be on the global stage or on the street in America.”

Source: Chinese students in US fear backlash after Vice-President Mike Pence’s inflammatory speech | South China Morning Post

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