US President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation banning the entry of Chinese students and researchers with ties to the People’s Liberation Army in a bid to end China’s efforts to use graduate students to acquire intellectual property and technology from the US. Is.
PTI , Updated: 30 May 2020, 11:22:07 AM
Trump said China is engaged in a massive and heavily resourced campaign to acquire sensitive American technologies. (photo credit: News Nation)
US President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation banning the entry of Chinese students and researchers with ties to the People’s Liberation Army using Chinese graduate students to end China’s efforts to acquire intellectual property and technology from the US Is. Trump’s announcement comes amid escalating conflicts between the US and China over trade, the origins of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Beijing’s security crackdown in Hong Kong and the communist giant’s aggressive military moves in the disputed South China Sea.
Issuing the proclamation on Friday, Trump said China is engaged in an extensive and heavily resourced campaign to acquire sensitive US technologies and intellectual property to modernize its massive military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). He said that this action of China threatens America’s long-term economic vitality and the security of the American people. Trump alleged that China uses some Chinese students, mostly postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, to serve as non-traditional collectors of intellectual property.
Therefore, Chinese postgraduate students or researchers who are or have been associated with the PLA are at high risk of being exploited or co-opted by the Chinese authorities and provide particular cause for concern. “In light of the above, I have determined that the entry of certain “Chinese citizens” wishing to enter the United States on an ‘F’ or ‘J’ visa to study or conduct research in the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States. , They said.
China on Friday described Trump’s threat to impose sanctions on its students in the US as racist, saying it was a brazen political persecution and reminiscent of the McCarthy era. McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of sabotage or treason without due respect to the evidence. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the plan highlights a deep Cold War and zero-sum mentality that pervades the thinking of some Americans and warned the US not to violate the legal rights of Chinese students in the US. has given.
While the F-1 visa is for students attending a full-time degree or academic program at a school, college or university in the US, the J-1 visa is for cultural and educational exchange in the US through programs overseen by the US State Department. Provides opportunities. , The F-1 visa is valid for as long as it takes the student to complete their studies. The F-1 visa allows students to work on-campus and in some situations off-campus.
Describing the announcement as a good move, Congressman Mike Rogers, ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said China is committed to a long-term campaign for global technological leadership, even if it means stealing its way to the top. China has taken concrete steps to extract the latest technologies from key US institutions and transfer information back to China’s defense industrial base and state-run industries. “This is a wholesale attack on American competitiveness. I commend the President for issuing this declaration. It is a good move to protect our national security and American economic competitiveness,” he said.
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First published: 30 May 2020, 11:22:07 AM