A few hours after the US government announced that it has revoked the visas of over 1,000 Chinese students and researchers, China has accused Washington of political persecution and racial discrimination.
The spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, Zhao Lijian asked the US government to put an end to using all kinds of pretexts to restrict and suppress Chinese students in the US for no reason.
During a press conference on Thursday, the spokesman added that the order revoking the visas of over 1,000 of its citizens violates their human rights adding that China reserved the right to further respond.
Everyeevery.ng had earlier reported that the US State Department on Thursday confirmed that it had revoked the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students under an order by President Donald Trump.
According to the US President, some Chinese students and researchers in the United States have stolen intellectual property and helped modernise China’s military (Read more here).
Meanwhile, the US government noted that it would continue to welcome legitimate students and scholars from China who do not further the Chinese Communist Party’s goals of military dominance.
Though the State Department declined to give details on whose visas have been revoked, citing privacy laws.
Earlier, some Asian American activists have warned that Trump’s orders are creating a climate of suspicion on campuses.
The activists noted that students of Asian descent were facing unfounded questions about their intentions, but US officials say the number of espionage cases involving China has soared in recent years.