China is facing an existential threat and therefore it needs to expand the military. This is why they created what has been called the String of Pearls strategy.
The worrying part was its ability to “identify young and bright students with a potential to join the EU at a later stage” and to influence young European students with an uncritical, positive view about China, he said.
Applications from Chinese students to study at UK universities have gone up 30% since last year, with numbers exceeding those from Northern Ireland for the first time, according to official statistics.
Central and Eastern EU member states are in general vulnerable given the financial constraints at even the leading universities.
In 2018, UK researchers published 14,763 papers co-authored with Chinese researchers, some of them partly financed by the Huawei company, which the government now regards as too close to the Chinese state to be trusted with helping to build the UK’s 5G network.
With each city, universities in China are offering international students more and more English-language study programs, while the cost of studying in the country is significantly lower than in Europe, the UK and North America.