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US arrests three chinese nationals for visa fraud

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:58 AM, 24 July 2020  

US arrests three chinese nationals for visa fraud

US arrests three chinese nationals for visa fraud

The FBI has arrested three Chinese nationals for visa fraud and concealment of information. The detainees are members of the Chinese armed forces. While the FBI is seeking to arrest the fourth, who is said to be in China's San Francisco consulate.

The FBI has also interviewed people in 25 US cities who have an "undeclared affiliation" with China's military. Prosecutors say it is part of a Chinese plan to send army scientists to the US.

Members of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) applied for research visas while hiding their "true affiliation" with the military, US justice department attorney John C Demers said in a press release.

"This is another part of the plan of the ruling Communist Party of China to take advantage of our open society and exploit academic institutions," US justice department attorney John C Demers added.

The arrests come after the United States announced that a Chinese scientist had taken shelter at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco and the day after US officials ordered the closure of China's mission in Houston, saying it was involved in stealing intellectual property.

In recent months, US President Donald Trump has repeatedly clashed with China over trade, the coronavirus epidemic, and controversial new Hong Kong security law.

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