The US State Department said in a statement Wednesday that “high-risk students and research scientists” have been expelled after it was determined that they were “subject to President’s proclamation 10043 and therefore unable to obtain a visa.”
The State Department said the visa revocation “protects US national security by restricting the PRC’s ability to induce Chinese PhD students and researchers in the United States to steal US technology, intellectual property and information develop advanced military capabilities. “
Deterioration of bonds
According to the State Department, those affected by the recent expulsions “represent a small fraction of the total number of Chinese students and academics coming to the United States.”
“We continue to applaud legitimate students and scholars from China who fail to promote the Chinese Communist Party’s goals of military dominance,” she added.
Beijing has not yet responded to the latest announcement, but in June the Chinese Ministry of Education said it “strongly opposes” any move by the US government to restrict Chinese students and “strongly condemns any calculated politicization and stigmatization of normal academic exchanges.”
Washington-Beijing relations have collapsed under Trump, and the displacement of Chinese students could potentially be managed by Beijing with a similar move after seeing a trend towards TIT-for-TAT measures in recent months.