The Trump administration has revoked visas for more than 1,000 Chinese nationals – including students and researchers – deemed security risks.
This is in keeping with the tenets of May 29 Presidential Proclamation where President Trump declared that some Chinese nationals officially in the United States for study have stolen intellectual property and helped modernize China’s military.
“The high-risk graduate students and research scholars made ineligible under this proclamation represent a small subset of the total number of Chinese students and scholars coming to the United States. We continue to welcome legitimate students and scholars from China who do not further the Chinese Communist Party’s goals of military dominance,” a US State Department spokeswoman informed the media.
She explained that the ineligible “high-risk graduate students and research scholars” denoted only “a small subset” of Chinese nationals coming to the US to study and research and that there would be no restrictions on legitimate students and scholars.
Acting head of the US Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, said earlier that US was blocking visas “for certain Chinese graduate students and researchers with ties to China’s military fusion strategy to prevent them from stealing and otherwise appropriating sensitive research.”
In June, China had spoken out against Trump administration’s decision to restrict Chinese students from pursuing higher education and research in the US and had and urged Washington for a rethink to foster bilateral exchanges.
As per estimates, nearly 360,000 Chinese nationals study in the United States.
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