Australia is home to roughly a quarter of a million Chinese students. That’s not the number of students who speak the Chinese language, or who have Asian-looking faces. It’s the number of students who are actually citizens of the People’s Republic of China, the Communist-ruled, single-party state that bans political speech, many religions, and most of the internet.
Chinese students mainly come to Australia to study subjects such as business and information technology, but that’s not all they’re learning. Living in a free and democratic society, they are also learning about freedom of speech and democratic politics. And what they’re learning should scare us.
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