Covid-19 collateral: foreign students locked out of China deserve compassion and consistency
- Beijing’s strict policies and visa restrictions, as part of its war on Covid-19, have affected tens of thousands of international students hoping to begin or resume studies in China
- Online learning and other half measures will never replace the hands-on experience and cultural understanding that comes with studying in another country
Curtis S. Chin served as US Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank and as a member of the US Treasury Department international affairs teams under Republican and Democratic administrations. He now serves as managing director of advisory firm RiverPeak Group, LLC, assisting a range of start-up ventures, and as the inaugural Asia Fellow of the Milken Institute, a non-partisan, nonprofit economic think tank. While on the ADB board, Curtis was a leading advocate for institutional reform, and for policies and programmes focused on Asia's least developed nations. Follow him on Twitter at @CurtisSChin.