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Tom Cotton: Chinese students can come to US to learn Shakespeare


A US senator has suggested that Chinese students studying in the United States should be restricted to learning the humanities rather than sciences and technology.
If Chinese students want to come here and study Shakespeare and the Federalist Papers, thats what they need to learn from America. They dont need to learn quantum computing and artificial intelligence from America, Republican Senator Tom Cotton said on a Fox News interview on Sunday.
While the Federalist Papers have more limited global appeal, Shakespeare is obviously taught around the world. The Bard of Avon was also, of course, not American.
Cotton explained that the US has educated many of the brightest minds of the Chinese Communist Party who now are back in China where they take our business steal our property, and design weapons and other devices which can be used against the American people.
He recommended that the US government take a very hard look at the visas handed out to Chinese students, particularly those studying in advanced scientific and technological fields.

Its unclear if Cottons call for scrutiny caught the ear of avid Fox News viewer Donald Trump.
However, as ignorant, racist, and unamerican as the senators suggestion may sound, in fact, the Trump administration has already done something like this.
Back in 2018, the US decided to shorten the length of visas for Chinese grad students coming to study in sensitive, high-tech fields like robotics, aviation, and high-tech manufacturing.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Cotton has established himself as the leading China-basher in the US Congress, unashamedly declaring that the Covid-19 virus originated at a government laboratory in Wuhan despite the lack of actual evidence for this theory.
His own grandstanding on the subject reportedly helped inspire Chinese diplomats to start playing up unfounded conspiracy theories of their own, suggesting that the virus actually originated with the US military.
Cotton remains unchastened, declaring in the Fox News interview that the global coronavirus pandemic was a deliberate and conscious choice by Chinas leadership aimed at hurting the rest of the world.
They didnt want to see their relative power and standing in the world decline because this virus was contained within China, he said.


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