New York — The number of Chinese Americans who have immigrated to the United States has increased to nearly 3.5 million, with more than two-thirds of them born in China, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday.
The figures come amid heightened tensions between China and the United State over Beijing’s claims to sovereignty over most of the South China Sea.
On Tuesday, the Chinese government issued a statement saying it would not “take sides” in the ongoing dispute between the U.N. and China, and said it would respond to all international disputes “appropriately.”
The Census Bureau also released a list of names of people who were born in the U, Canada, Mexico, Canada or South Africa and who have been granted citizenship.
More than 5.7 million people were born overseas in 2013, the latest year for which data was available, according the Census Bureau.
About one in every nine Americans was born abroad.