So far in 2020, the U.S. government uncovered a half-dozen individuals connected to China’s People’s Liberation Army who lied on their student visa applications. These Chinese nationals were allegedly in the U.S. to pursue an education.
Jerry Dunleavy of the Washington Examiner stated that this is “just one of many statistics cited by the Justice Department related to charges against and prosecutions of Chinese Communist Party-linked individuals as it touted the success of its China Initiative on Monday.”
“In the last year, the Department has made incredible strides in countering the systemic efforts by the PRC to enhance its economic and military strength at America’s expense,” Attorney General William Barr declared. “While much work remains to be done, the Department is committed to holding to account those who would steal, or otherwise illicitly obtain, the U.S. intellectual capital that will propel the future.”
Earlier this summer, the Justice Department charged a number of members of the Chinese military for hiding their connections to China’s military, in addition to committing visa fraud while pretending to be students or researchers at American universities. Diplomatic tensions between the two countries have risen as the State Department recently closed the Chinese Consulate in Houston after allegations that it was conducting espionage in the U.S. Read more…