Chinese students in Australia are being warned to be on guard for their safety because of 'insulting incidents'.
The Chinese embassy in Canberra issued a public announcement on its website reminding Chinese nationals of an increase in 'insulting incidents' and assaults against Chinese students, urging them to report such attacks to the Chinese embassy.
More than 170,000 Chinese students are enrolled at Australian schools, universities and private colleges.
In late October, three Chinese students from Canberra College were allegedly assaulted at the Woden bus interchange in Canberra.
China's ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye raised the issue with officials from the Australian Capital Territory.
Earlier last month, the Chinese government accused Australia of failing to help Chinese students integrate.
An editorial in the Global Times also says universities have done little to help students integrate into Australian culture.
'I sincerely advise Australian universities to pay more attention to their quality of education and stop treating Chinese students as a cash machine,' Beijing-based journalist Lilly Wang wrote.
'I rarely hear professors or lecturers helping them to understand Australian culture or purposely mix them with local students in a class.'