China rips US visa restrictions on students as ‘political persecution and racial discrimination’

Published: September 10, 2020  Updated: September 10, 2020 at 8:57 am EST

China’s foreign ministry on Thursday condemned the Trump administration’s decision to revoke visas for hundreds of Chinese graduate students over fears of intellectual property theft.

Spokesperson Zhao Lijian accused the Trump administration of practicing “outright political persecution and racial discrimination” one day after the State Department announced that it had revoked visas of more than 1,000 Chinese nationals, according to The Associated Press.

The move infringes upon “legitimate rights and interests of Chinese students studying in the U.S.,” Zhao contended.

“It is outright political persecution and racial discrimination, and seriously violated the human rights of Chinese students studying there,” he continued. “China reserves the right to make further responses to this matter.”

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