Friday, May 29, 2020

Trump To Expel Thousands Of Chinese Grad Students In U.S. Who Have Ties To Chinese Military Schools

 BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 20: Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army's Honour Guard Battalion march outside the Forbidden City, near Tiananmen Square, on May 20, 2020 in Beijing, China. China's government will open its annual weeklong meetings known as the 'two sessions' at the Great Hall of the People on May 21st. They were delayed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After decades of growth, officials recently said China's economy had shrunk in the latest quarter due to the impact of the coronavirus epidemic. The slump in the worlds second largest economy is regarded as a sign of difficult times ahead for the global economy. While industrial sectors in China are showing signs of reviving production, a majority of private companies are operating at only 50% capacity, according to analysts. With the pandemic hitting hard across the world, officially the number of coronavirus cases in China is dwindling, ever since the government imposed sweeping measures to keep the disease from spreading. Officials believe the worst appears to be over in China, though there are concerns of another wave of infections as the government attempts to reboot the worlds second largest economy. Since January, China has recorded more than 82,000 cases of COVID-19 and at least 4000 deaths, mostly in and around the city of Wuhan, in central Hubei province, where the outbreak first started.

The Trump administration is expected to expel thousands of Chinese graduate students that are in the United States and who have ties to Chinese military schools. The expected order comes as U.S. intelligence officials continue to warn of spying by Chinese nationals at U.S. universities and in science and technology fields.

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