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Thursday, September 10, 2020

1,000 Chinese students visas revocked by US, for security risks

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United States Government has revoked visas for 1,000 Chinese students and and researchers, siting security risk as reasons.

According to a report by the BBC, the development is traced to a proclamation by President Donald Trump in May directed at Chinese nationals suspected of having ties to the military.

The report added that it is linked to allegations of stolen data and intellectual property by some Chinese students and researchers.

The BBC report also disclosed that about 370,000 students from China had enrolled at US universities in 2018-19 sessions.

A spokeswoman from the US state department stated that those whose visas were revoked are deemed "high-risk graduate students and research scholars".

"We continue to welcome legitimate students and scholars from China who do not further the Chinese Communist Party's goals of military dominance," the spokeswoman stated.

However the Chinese ministry of foreign affairs condemned the move at a daily media briefing in Beijing.

"This is outright political persecution and racial discrimination. It seriously violates the human rights of these Chinese students," spokesman Zhao Lijian said, adding that China reserved the right to "further respond".

 

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