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China scholarship in the US takes a hit from strained ties

That the Chinese now have a better understanding of how Americans think about issues – than the other way round – is a strategic negative for Washington that also raises concerns of miscalculation.

The geopolitical environment has caused Chinese scholars and students in the US, scientists in particular, to be treated with suspicion. PHOTO: REUTERS

Power Play is a weekly column that looks at various facets of US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia.

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