The United States has revoked visas for more than 1,000 Chinese nationals under a May 29 presidential proclamation to suspend entry from China of students and researchers deemed security risks, according to the US Department of State.
The acting head of the US Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, said earlier that Washington 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 a speech, Wolf repeated US charges of unjust business practices and industrial espionage by China, including attempts to steal coronavirus research, and accused it of abusing student visas to exploit US academia.
Wolf said the US was also “preventing goods produced from slave labour from entering our markets, demanding that China respect the inherent dignity of each human being” – an apparent reference to alleged abuses of Muslims in China’s far-western Xinjiang region.
A State Department spokeswoman told Reuters news agency on Wednesday that the visa action was being taken under a proclamation President Donald Trump made on May 29 as part of the US response to China’s plans to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong.
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