Multiple Chinese students were repeatedly asked by US law enforcement officers about their purposes for studying in the US and previous academic performances.
Some were also interrogated over whether they had been employed, received disciplinary sanctions or stolen laboratory data.
Others were threatened, intimidated and even deprived of their personal freedom for hours before being refused entry and repatriated.
US law enforcement officials also interrogated and examined those exiting the country, confiscating some of their electronic devices.
The Consulate General has made a solemn representation to the US and urged it to correct its mistake of using absurd excuses for unwarranted restrictions and suppression of Chinese students.
Three Chinese students with valid visas were questioned and deported by the US when entering the country on August 15 at Houston airport. They were suspected of having connections with the Chinese military after being found to have “military training photos” in their mobile phones.
In late September, another Chinese student possessing a valid visa was interrogated at the border control of Houston Airport. US law enforcement officers repatriated the student through a third country after restricting the student’s personal freedom for more than 50 hours without proper food and rest.
In the List of US Wrongdoings that Must Stop, China urged the United States to unconditionally revoke the visa restrictions over Communist Party of China (CPC) members and their families, remove visa restrictions on Chinese students and stop harassing Chinese students.
In another list, China expressed serious concerns to the United States on some key individual cases, including some Chinese students’ visa applications being rejected, Chinese citizens receiving unfair treatment in the United States, Chinese diplomatic and consular missions being harassed and rammed into by perpetrators in the United States, growing anti-Asian and anti-China sentiment, and Chinese citizens suffering violent attacks.