The United States has revoked over 1,000 Chinese graduate student visas, citing concerns over military espionage and intellectual property theft. In a speech Wednesday, the acting head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security accused China of engaging in unjust business practices and industrial espionage, including attempts to steal coronavirus research; as well as abusing student visas to exploit U.S. academia. The move is the latest in a series of threats from the Trump administration against Chinese international students. "The measures taken by the U.S. government blatantly harm the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese students," foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a regular press briefing. For more on U.S.-China educational exchange, read Is the Statue of Liberty Turning Her Back on Foreign Students?, by Philip Cunningham on China-US Focus.
The Trump administration also criticized China this week over the People's Daily's refusal to publish an op-ed written by the United States Ambassador to China. The newspaper claimed that the op-ed was "full of loopholes and seriously inconsistent with the facts," whereas Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the decision is yet further evidence that China fears free speech and serious intellectual debate. The U.S. embassy had submitted the opinion article under condition that no edits be made to the original version, however the People's Daily said substantial changes were needed.
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