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Hartzler Statement on Suspending U.S. Entry of Certain Students and Researchers from China

June 1, 2020
Press Release

HARRISONVILLE, MO – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) issued the following statement after President Trump announced a suspension of entry into the United States of Chinese students working and studying in American institution focusing on sensitive information and technologies critical to our national security.

The move mirrors legislation introduced by Rep. Hartzler and Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-8) prohibiting individuals employed or sponsored by Chinese military institutions from receiving student or research visas to the United States.

“China is an adversary, not an ally. China’s military cannot be allowed, under any circumstances, to exploit the talent, resources, and innovation American universities and researchers produce, especially as it pertains to sensitive information and technologies used by our military. Many of these individuals often mask their PLA and Chinese Communist Parties ties, allowing them to work at top universities without the schools’ knowledge of their military affiliation. I applaud President Trump’s leadership to ensure that never happens again,” Hartzler said.
 
“While this step taken by the President Trump and his administration is positive step forward, there is still much to be done by our universities to overcome these threats. The communists in Beijing have made it clear that they use the educational and research relationships between Chinese students and researchers and American institutions across all levels to undermine our national security interests.

“For example, Confucius Institutes serve as a critical component of the Chinese Communist Party’s soft power propaganda campaign and are often praised by party officials as a major source of influence abroad to ultimately advance their world power agenda. Some Confucius Institutes have also been used as a source of research espionage threatening our national defense. That’s why, over the last several years, I have been meeting with officials at both the University of Missouri and Columbia Public Schools to express my concerns with the Confucius Institute, culminating in the January 2020 decision by the University of Missouri to end its ties with this Chinese-government run program.
 
“America is waking up to China’s deceit and deliberate undermining of American security. Now is the time for us to push hard, secure our country from the Chinese threat, and hold China to account. I thank all my colleagues who have been on the forefront with me to ensure our people, our institutions, and are property are kept safe from Beijing’s exploitation,” Hartzler concluded.

The read President Trump’s proclamation,
 please click here.