The State Department confirmed Wednesday, Sept.9, that from June to date, more than 1,000 Chinese citizens had their visas revoked by the United States. The cancellations were part of a program aimed at detecting graduate students and researchers with ties to the Chinese military.

As reported by Reuters, the U.S. State Department said in a statement Wednesday that “high-risk graduate students and research scholars” had been expelled, after they “were found to be subject to Presidential Proclamation 10043 and therefore ineligible for a visa.”

The action to revoke Chinese visas comes from a May 29 proclamation signed by President Trump that states,  the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “is engaged in a wide‑ranging and heavily resourced campaign to acquire sensitive United States technologies and intellectual property, in part to bolster the modernization and capability of its military, the People’s Liberation Army.”

The State Department, as reported by Fox News, recently said that the visa revocations seek to safeguard U.S. national security by limiting the ability of the CCP to take advantage of Chinese graduate students and researchers to steal U.S. technology, intellectual property, and information to develop military capabilities or other misuses in China.

Considering that approximately 360,000 Chinese citizens study in the United States, it can easily be seen that recent expulsions represent a negligible number of the total number of students in the country. 

The State Department clarified that the measures are not against the Chinese people, but only against those citizens willing to collaborate with the criminal interests of the Chinese Communist Party. 

“We continue to welcome legitimate students and scholars from China who do not further the Chinese Communist Party’s goals of military dominance,” clarified U.S. acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf.

Relations between the CCP and the United States have deteriorated deeply in recent months, especially since the spread of the CCP Virus around the world. 

Conflicts between the two economic powers range from U.S. claims against the CCP on human rights, the imposition of the national security law in Hong Kong by the CCP, disputes over territorial claims in the South China Sea, closure of consulates and now added to the long list the expulsion of more than 1,000 students suspected of threatening the national security of the United States.

President Trump was fulfilling his promise to boost efforts to restore the trade deficit with the CCP through a series of economic agreements aimed at balancing the scales. Even diplomatic relations had improved markedly, but everything fell apart after it became clear that the Chinese Communist Party was responsible for the global spread of the CCP Virus.