US Blocking visas for Chinese science graduates to prevent research theft: DHS
The acting head of the US Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf has said that the United States is blocking visas for certain Chinese graduate students and researchers to prevent them from stealing sensitive research.
“DHS has and will continue to play a critical role in the United States Strategic Approach to China. We are 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,” Wolf said.
“The DHS was working with interagency and industry colleagues to protect the US information and communications infrastructure from intellectual property theft and nefarious data collection by China”, he added.
He further said that China has leveraged every aspect of its country including its economy, its military, and its diplomatic power, “demonstrating a rejection of western liberal democracy and continually renewing its commitment to remake the world order in its own authoritarian image.”
“China had also attempted to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic, to sabotage free and fair trade, and abuse the US immigration system”, Wolf added.
The Trump administration has revoked visas for more than 1,000 Chinese nationals under a presidential measure denying entry to students and researchers deemed security risks.
A State Department spokeswoman said the visa action followed a May 29 proclamation by President Donald Trump as part of the U.S. response to China’s curbs on democracy in Hong Kong.
In Beijing, a foreign ministry spokesman described the US move as “naked” political persecution and racial discrimination that seriously violated human rights.
“China reserves the right to make a further response on this issue,” Zhao Lijian said.