US revoked visas of 1,000 Chinese students, researchers - State Dept.

United state president Donald Trump has ordered that the visas of over 1,000 chinese students and researchers be revoked, accusing them of espionage
Emeh Joy

The United States has revoked visas for over 1,000 Chinese students and researchers under President Donald Trump's order that accused them of espionage, the State Department said on Wednesday.

Even as tensions have mounted with Beijing on several fonts, Trump in a May 29 proclamation, said that some Chinese nationals who were in the United States for study purpose had stolen intellectual property and helped modernise China's military.

The State Department, while offering its first figures on the effects of Trump's order said that more than 1,000 visas had been revoked since it started implementing the proclamation on June 1.

"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 State Department spokeswoman said.

The State Department had, however, declined to give further details regarding whose visas have been revoked, citing privacy laws.

As of 2018-2019, about 370,000 Chinese students were enrolled at US universities; thus, offering a lucrative source of income to institutions within the nation which are now facing pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some Asian American activists have reacted to Trump's orders, warning that the orders are creating a suspicious atmosphere on campuses with Asian students facing unnecessary questions about their intentions.

But, US officials insist that the number of espionage cases involving China has increased in recent years as part of Beijing's plans.

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