WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A gaggle of President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress launched laws on Tuesday supposed to prohibit anybody employed or sponsored by the Chinese navy from receiving pupil or analysis visas to the United States.
The invoice would require the U.S. authorities to create a listing of scientific and engineering establishments affiliated with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, and prohibit anybody employed or sponsored by these establishments from receiving the visas.
The invoice was launched because the United States and China have escalated a commerce struggle following tough negotiations final week.
It additionally comes as some U.S. officers have expressed concern about the potential for the theft of mental property and even espionage by Chinese nationals at U.S. universities and different establishments.
Many U.S. and college officers additionally warn about overreacting, nevertheless, arguing it is necessary to acknowledge the essential function Chinese students and college students play at U.S. establishments whereas being conscious of safety dangers.
The invoice was sponsored by Republicans Senators Chuck Grassley, Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, Marsha Blackburn and Josh Hawley. A companion invoice was launched within the House of Representatives by Representative Mike Gallagher.
Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall