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Rubio Joins Colleagues in Reintroducing Legislation to Bar Chinese Military Scientists From Entering the U.S.

Jun 17, 2021 | Comunicados de Prensa

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Mike Braun (R-IN) in reintroducing legislation that would require the U.S. government to develop a list of scientific and engineering institutions affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The bill would prohibit individuals employed or sponsored by these Chinese military institutions from receiving student or research visas to the United States. 
“COVID-19 has made it clear just how vulnerable we are to the global threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party,” Rubio said. “We must ensure that individuals linked to the CCP’s People’s Liberation Army are not able to obtain research and student visas, which enable the theft of American technology. It is in our national security interest to ensure the CCP isn’t taking advantage of our open system to steal American intellectual property.”
“Allowing members of the People’s Liberation Army unfettered access to research visas is an open invitation to steal American research, ingenuity, and intellectual property,” Cotton said. “The United States shouldn’t be arming our greatest adversary—our bill will block Chinese military affiliated people from receiving student and research visas to the United States.” 
“The Chinese Communist Party exploits our visa system to infiltrate American institutions at every level,” Cruz said. “The People’s Liberation Army systematically sends Chinese engineers and scientists abroad to exploit research projects to access sensitive data and technology. The PLA Visa Security Act provides an additional screening layer to ensure applicants are not affiliated with the Chinese military. I am proud to again join Sen. Cotton on this important bill.”
“American innovation and ingenuity are our nation’s greatest assets and the envy of adversaries around the globe including China,” Tuberville said. “Without a hardline approach to safeguard our research, Chinese military institutions will continue to steal our intellectual property for their own benefit. Restricting Chinese military institution’s access to American visas ensures our innovation and research cannot be used against us.”
“The Chinese Communist Party exploits the student visa system to build its military on the backs of American research and ingenuity,” Hawley said. “Our universities and tech companies have become targets of Chinese espionage and intellectual property theft. We must secure American research and development against the Chinese Communist Party and their military.”
“We’ve seen time and again how the communist Chinese government has sought to infiltrate and exploit U.S. research and academic institutions,” Grassley said. “This bill ensures that visa applicants are thoroughly vetted and Chinese nationals affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army aren’t granted access to our most sensitive research and intellectual property.”
“The Chinese Communist Party doesn’t play by the rules, and there is a serious risk to American national security and our intellectual property by allowing those who are currently or have previously been involved with Chinese military institutions to study in the United States,” Braun said. “I’m proud to join Senator Cotton to stop the U.S. from arming China’s People’s Liberation Army with American innovation.
In a recent think tank report, the PLA Visa Security Act was endorsed by President Biden’s current NSC Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness Peter Harrell, NSC Senior Director for China Rush Doshi, nominee to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Indo-Pacific Ely Ratner, and nominee to serve as DoD Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation Susanna Blume, and nominee to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing Elizabeth Rosenberg.