US cancels visas of 1,000 Chinese nationals citing security threat

10th September 2020

10th September 2020

The United States has decided to cancel the visas of at least 1,000 Chinese nationals including researchers and students under the proclamation of Donald Trump on May 29 considering security reasons, a spokeswoman of the State Department said.

Chad Wolf, the acting head of the US Department of Homeland Security 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 his speech, Wolf accused China of exploiting American academia by abusing Student visas and repeated US charges on China for its industrial espionage and unjust business practices.

It has been alleged that in the Xinjiang region of China, Muslims are abused. With reference to these allegations, Wolf said the United States was also "preventing goods produced from slave labor from entering our markets, demanding that China respect the inherent dignity of each human being."

The State Department's spokeswoman said President Donald Trump's decision of revoking Visas for China nationals is the response of the US to China's decision to suppress democracy in Hong Kong.

She said, "as of September 8, 2020, the Department has revoked more than 1,000 visas of PRC nationals who were found to be subject to Presidential Proclamation 10043 and therefore ineligible for a visa."

She also said that legitimate research scholars and highly graduate students who come to the United States from China form "a small subset" and they would continue to get a Visa.

To strengthen the relationship and mutual exchanges, China had asked Washington in June to cooperate and also opposed all the decisions of the US that restricted students of China from studying in the US.

It has been reported that the Chinese nationals that study in the US are nearly 3,60,000 and U.S. colleges receive significant revenue from them. But this autumn semester's return to the colleges has been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The key part of Donald Trump's campaign has been issues with China including trade, human rights to  Hong Kong, and Coronavirus. Trump is not leaving a single chance of being tough on China. He even accused Joe Biden, his rival of being soft toward China.

On Wednesday, Chinese students who are currently studying in the U.S. colleges received emails informing them that their visas have been cancelled in Beijing from the U.S. Embassy.

In a WeChat chatroom, at least 60 students said the notice stated that if they want to go to the US then they will have to apply for new visas even though they hold F-1 visas including undergraduates and postgraduates.


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