Students target of visa action
The US visa restriction on Chinese students and researchers severely undermined their legitimate rights and interests, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday.
The US side's latest action under an abused concept of national security and flimsy excuses "runs counter to the common aspiration for friendly people-to-people exchange," as Chinese students and researchers have been an important bond of friendship and bridge for scientific and educational exchange between Chinese and American people, Zhao said.
On Friday, US President Donald Trump announced the US is planning to cancel the visas of thousands of Chinese graduate students and researchers.
The New York Times cited US officials as saying that potentially affected students are those studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Washington alleges that their presence presents threats of technology theft.