Headline, June 20 2019/ ''' '' CHINA'S -STUDENTS- CHIMES '' ''' : U.S.A


 CHIMES '' ''' : U.S.A

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PLANS TO CANCEL the visas of thousands of Chinese graduate students and researchers in the United States who have -

Direct ties to universities affiliated with the People's Liberation Army, according to American officials with knowledge of the discussions.

The plan would be the first designed to bar the access of a category of Chinese students, who, over all, form the single largest population of foreign students in the United States.

It portends possible further educational restrictions, and the Chinese government could retaliate by imposing its own  visa or educational  bans on Americans. The two nations have already engaged in rounds of retribution over policies involving trade, technology and media access, and relations are at their worst point in decades.

American officials are discussing ways to punish China for its passage of a new national security law intended to enable crackdowns in Hong Kong, but the plans to cancel students' visas were under consideration before the crisis over the law, which was announced recently by Chinese officials.

American universities are expected to push back against the administration's move. While  international educational exchange is prized for its intellectual value, many schools also rely on full tuition payments from foreign students to help cover costs, especially the large group of students from China.

Administrators and teachers have been briefed in recent years by the F.B.I. and the Justice Department on potential national security threats posted by the Chinese students, especially ones working in the sciences.

But the university employees are wary of a possible new ''red scare'' that targets students of a specific national background and that could contribute to anti-Asian racism.

Many of them argue that they have effective security protocols in place and that having Chinese students be exposed to the liberalizing effects of Western institutions outweighs the risks. Moreover, they say, the Chinese students are experts in their subject fields and bolster American research efforts.

Chinese students and researchers say growing scrutiny from the American government and new official limits on visas would create biases against them, including when they apply for jobs and grants.

The visa cancellation could affect at least 3,000 students, according to some official estimates. That's a tiny percentage of the approximately 360,000 Chinese students in the United States. But some of those affected might be working on important research projects.

The move is certain to ignite public debate. Officials acknowledged there was no direct evidence that pointed to wrongdoing by the students who are about to lose their visas. Instead, suspicions by the American officials center on the Chinese universities at which the students trained as undergraduates.

''In China, much more of a society is government-controlled or government affiliated,'' said Frank Wu, a law professor who is the incoming president of Queens College. ''You can't function there or have partners from there if you aren't comfortable with how the system is set up.''

''Targeting only some potential professors, scholars, students and visitors from China is a lower level of stereotyping than banning all,'' he added. ''But it is still selective, based on national origin.''

The State Department and the National Security Council both declined to comment.

American officials who defend the visa cancellation said the ties to the Chinese military at those schools go far deeper than mere campus recruiting. Instead in many cases, the Chinese government plays a role in selecting which students from the schools with ties to the military can study abroad, one official said.

In some cases, students who are allowed to go overseas are expected to collect information as a condition of having their tuition paid, the official said, declining to reveal specific intelligence on the matter.

Officials did not provide the list of affected schools, but the People's Liberation Army has ties to military institutions and defense research schools, as well as to seven more traditional universities, many of them prestigious colleges in China with well funded science and technology programs.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Operational Research on Students, Education and World Affairs, continues. The World Students Society thanks authors Edward Wong and Julian E. Barnes.

With respectful dedication to the Students of China studying in the US, and then Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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