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US parliament plans to ban Chinese scientists from obtaining visas

Washington sees PLA scientists as a threat to state security

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/NOVOSTIVL/ Republicans in Congress want to bar Chinese military scientists from obtaining visas to study or work in the United States, drawing criticism on Wednesday from Beijing. This article appeared in the Agence France-Presse.

Companion bills in the House and Senate would compel the White House to identify a list of research and scientific institutions that the president determines are affiliated with or funded by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

The PLA Visa Security Act introduced on Tuesday would prevent people currently or formerly employed or sponsored by such entities from entering the US on student or research visas.

Senator Tom Cotton, a bill co-sponsor, said "keeping PLA scientists out of our research laboratories is a basic act of self-defence".

China’s Foreign Ministry said the exchanges are in line with the countries’ common interests and should not be politicised.

Washington has "without evidence suspected the motives of Chinese scholars, students, and scientific and technical personnel in the United States, unreasonably restricting and harassing them", ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

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