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Spy 101: China ‘encourages’ its students in US to steal defense and trade secrets by Paul Bedard

Several foreign nations, notably China, push students flooded into U.S. colleges and universities to steal trade and defense secrets “whenever the opportunity presents itself,” according to a new report that highlights the threat to national security posed by foreign students.

The Center for Immigration Studies called foreign student visas a “weak point” in national security, and pointed a finger at China as a key abuser of the system, a claim made by several other immigration and national security groups.

It said that the explosion of student visas to STEM schools takes positions that U.S. students can use and puts potential spies inside institutions that have key national security ties to the U.S. government.

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