China concerned over attacks on Indian students in Australia

June 4th, 2009 - 1:12 pm ICT by ANI  

Canberra, June 4 (ANI): China has joined India in asking Australia to provide improved protection for foreign students after a series of violent racist assaults on Indian students Down Under.

“There are over 130,000 Chinese students in Australia. They have, on the whole, had a good study and living environment in Australia, but attacks on Chinese students also occurred in recent years,” said a spokesman of the China’s Embassy in Canberra.

“It is hoped that the Australian government will provide better protection to international students from China and other countries,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted the spokesman, as saying.

The Australia’s Government said on Wednesday that racism is not behind the violent attacks on Indian students, including the latest slashing of a man in Melbourne by a group of five youths.

The latest attack has redoubled fears that violent bashings and robberies of Indian students could seriously damage the Australian education sector, which is the third-biggest export earner (12.38 billion dollars market) for overseas students. (ANI)

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