International students also have stake in election

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By Yiran Zhao
MI First Election staff writer

EAST LANSING, Mich.—The presidential election will not only elect the next U.S. leader, but it will also impact America’s foreign policy and relationship with other countries.

The last presidential debate on foreign policy sent ripples through online news agencies across the world, such as Sina of China and Yahoo Japan. Politicians know the impact of decisions made during elections, but college students, especially international students that came to receive education in the United States, might not feel the same way.

Japanese student Moeka Tachikawa did not give much attention to the election, and does not think any decisions made will have impact on her personally.

Lingling Xu from China has been following news on the election, because she says the election system is fair and beneficial compared to that of her home country.

“In China, only the representative from every city could vote, and we only have the Communist party,” she added.

Indian student Debayan Deb has been following news on the election, even though he cannot vote. He says it will still affect his life.

“It will determine the tax to be paid later on when I find a job,” he said.

Tachikawa said she thinks “American college students make their own decision” because “the opinion of the candidate will affect their school life.”

Xu also indicated that though college students can receive information from online media, newspapers and family members, they still have little knowledge about politics, and individuals might still vote because their parents told them to do so.

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