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Agencies that aid China's aspiring overseas students left in lurch

Pandemic disruptions estimated to cut those who study abroad by 20%

High school students in Shanghai. Those who were planning on going to college overseas find themselves suddenly in limbo.   © Reuters

DALIAN, China -- No country sends more students abroad than China -- a number that has reached more than 600,000 in recent years. But the pandemic has closed borders and raised anxiety across the world, serving a blow not just to the dreams of those students, but also to the agencies that support them.

"The number of students that leave China to study overseas this year will probably drop by 20%," says Sang Peng, president of the Beijing Overseas Study Service Association. "These are extremely tough times for study-abroad agencies," added Sang.

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