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  • South Korean students wait to take the annual College Scholastic Ability Test at a school on 16 November 2023 in Seoul, South Korea (Photo: Reuters/Chung Sung-Jun).

    The number of South Korean students choosing to study in China has drastically reduced by 78 per cent between 2017 and 2023, largely due to factors such as China's strict zero-COVID policy, geopolitical tensions and souring business relations. This decline aligns with a major trend of decreasing South Korean international students overall, aggravated by population decline and diminished value of overseas degrees in the local labour market. This drop in outbound students to China likely to persist under the current conservative government in South Korea.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds up a mace during an election campaign rally in Agartala, India, 17 April 2024 (Photo: Reuters/Jayanta Dey).

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