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Some China scholars barred from US over spy fears

IANS  |  Washington 

The (FBI) has mounted a counter-intelligence operation that aims to bar Chinese academics from the US if they are suspected of having links to agencies, the media reported.

As many as 30 Chinese professors in the social sciences, heads of academic institutes, and experts who help explain policies have had their visas to the US cancelled in the past year, or put on administrative review, reported on Sunday.

It follows the warning of the FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, at a hearing last year that presented "a whole-of-society threat on their end" that required a "whole-of-society response".

The FBI said on Sunday that it would not confirm or deny any investigations into the scholars' visits.

has sought to crack down on what it sees as intellectual property theft by Chinese scientists working at American research institutions.

Last year, it began restricting visas for Chinese graduate students studying in sensitive research fields and warned biomedical researchers at American universities to beware of Chinese trying to steal information from their laboratories.

has also for several decades denied visas to a number of influential American academics who have been critical of Beijing's human rights record.



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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 10:44 IST