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China is hot spot for American students

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Record numbers of American students are studying abroad, with especially strong growth in educational exchanges with China, the annual report by the Institute on International Education found. The number of Americans studying in China increased by 25 %, and the number of Chinese students studying at American universities increased by 20 % last year, according to the report, 'Open Doors 2008'. 'Interest in China is growing dramatically, and I think we'll see even sharper increases in next year's report,' said Allan E Goodman, president of the institute. 'People used to go to China to study the history and language, and many still do. But with China looming so large in all our futures, there's been a real shift, and more students go for an understanding of what's happening economically and politically.' While the traditional study-abroad sites for Americans

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