The US State Department said in a statement on Wednesday that “high-risk undergraduate students and research scholars” were expelled, as they were “found subject to the President’s Proclamation 10043 and were therefore ineligible for visas.”
Released by President Donald Trump in late May, and beginning June 1, the proclamation claims that China “has a wide ranging from and to acquire sensitive United States technologies and intellectual property to promote modernization.” Is engaged in a widely revived campaign. And its military capability, the People’s Liberation Army. ”
The State Department said that by restricting the ability of the PRC to allow Chinese graduate students and researchers in the United States to obtain information to steal the United States’ technologies, intellectual property, and to develop advanced military capabilities, “protecting American security Provides national security. “
Speaking on Wednesday, Chad Wolf, acting secretary of Homeland Security, said that “China has taken advantage of every aspect of its country, including its economy, its military and its diplomatic power, and a remake of the world, demonstrating its rejection of Western liberal democracy.” Has continually renewed its commitment to do. ” Order in its own authoritarian image. “
According to the State Department, those affected by the recent expulsion represent “a small subgroup 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 advance the goals of military dominance of the Chinese Communist Party,” it said.
Some 369,000 Chinese citizens are estimated to be studying in the US, although many have interrupted their study by the coronovirus epidemic. For a decade now, China has been “the largest source of international students”, according to the Institute of International Education.
Beijing has not yet reacted to the recent announcement, but in June China’s education ministry said it opposes “any US government move to ban American students” and “any calculated politicization” And strongly condemns the stigma of normal academic exchanges. ”
Relations between Washington and Beijing have declined under Trump, and expulsion of Chinese students could possibly be met with similar action by Beijing, following a trend of tit-for-tat moves in recent months.
In June, the US ordered the closure of China’s consulate in Houston, which Beijing responded to by closing the US mission in Chengdu. Both countries have also imposed new restrictions on journalists and diplomats.