For Immediate Release: June 1, 2020
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: The following statement was issued today by Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund regarding President Trump’s suspension of certain Chinese researchers who may or have abused their U.S. student visas as part of China’s “military-civil fusion strategy:”
“For years, the authoritarian Chinese regime has escalated its efforts to steal U.S. intellectual property and cutting-edge technologies,” said Jim Edwards, Patent Policy Advisor for EFELDF. “President Trump does the United States a great service by cutting off a vital organ of China’s ‘military-civil fusion strategy.’ We commend his suspending student visas to Chinese nationals whose true purpose is gaining access to prime American labs.
“American educational institutions from state universities to elite research universities have been victims of Chinese spies posing as graduate students. They and China repay America’s hospitality and tradition of academic collaboration by stealing research samples, hacking into sensitive records and otherwise vacuuming up anything that will advance China’s military prowess. So, it’s about time finally to exclude those who come not to learn for the good of mankind, but only for the good of the Communist Chinese regime.”