According to the New York Times, the administration plans to cancel the visas of thousands of Chinese students and researchers in the United States who have direct ties to China’s military schools.
The goal is to limit foreign involvement in research. Previous investigations into ties between US and Chinese researchers have resulted in scientists losing their jobs or being arrested in recent years.
American universities are expected to push back against the administration’s move. Banning Chinese nationals who participate in research could slow scientific progress, note university officials.
Many schools also rely on tuition payments from foreign students to help cover costs, especially from the large group of students from China who, over all, form the single largest foreign student population in the United States.