US cancels visas for more than 1,000 Chinese nationals deemed security risks

10 Sept 2020

US cancels visas for more than 1,000 Chinese nationals deemed security risks

On Wednesday a State Department spokeswoman said that under a May 29 presidential proclamation visas for more than 1,000 Chinese nationals has been revoked by the United States to suspend entry from China of students and researchers deemed security risks.

Previously 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," said the acting head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf.

He repeated the US charges of 'unjust business practices' and 'industrial espionage' by China, as there had been attempts to steal coronavirus research as well. Wolf accused the Asian giant of exploiting student visas to take advantage of American academia.

A State Department spokeswoman said the restriction adheres to only a "small subset" of "high-risk" students and researchers, while legitimate students will continue to be welcomed in the country.

The relationship between the two countries nations has deteriorated to a historic low since China attempted to initially cover up the coronavirus pandemic which originated in its Wuhan city, Hubei province, from where it spread to the whole world.