The United States of America has continued its diplomatic war on China, this time revoking the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese citizens under a presidential measure, thereby denying entry to students and researchers due to what it termed as security risks, the State Department said on Wednesday.
Chad Wolf, who is the acting head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said earlier that Washington revoked 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.”
The Homeland Security Head reiterated U.S. charges of unjust business practices by China, including attempts to steal COVID-19 research, and accused it of abusing student visas to exploit American academia, NAN reports.
Wolf made it clear that the U.S. was also, “preventing goods produced from slave labour from entering its markets, demanding that China respect the inherent dignity of each human being,” an apparent reference to accusations of abuse of Muslims in western Xinjiang.
According to a State Department spokeswoman, 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.
“As of Sept. 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 said.
She further said that the ineligible, “high-risk graduate students and research scholars” were “a small subset” of the Chinese coming to the U.S. for study and research, adding that legitimate students and scholars would continue to be welcomed in the U.S.
In its response on Thursday, China through a foreign ministry’s spokesman described the U.S. 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 told a daily media briefing.