Thursday, September 10, 2020

The US canceled the visas of 1,000 Chinese students to stop them stealing 'sensitive military research'

The US government has canceled the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students and researchers who it says pose a national security risk.

The State Department said on Wednesday that the administration was revoking visas of "high-risk graduate students and research scholars" from China to stop them from stealing "United States technology, intellectual property and information to develop advanced military capabilities."
Legitimate students from China who do not promote the "Chinese Communist Party's goals of military dominance" are welcome, a spokesperson added.
Earlier on Wednesday, Chad Wolf, acting secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, said the 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."
The move, which comes amid growing tensions between US and Beijing, was linked to President Donald Trump's May announcement that Chinese nationals with ties to the Chinese military would have their visas canceled, the State Department said.


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