Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Tom Cotton Is Right About Restricting Chinese Student Visas

Protecting America against a bellicose, rapacious, and regressive Chinese Communist Party is neither self-defeating nor xenophobic, but eminently sensible.
If a foreign nation harbors hegemonic ambitions, tells us technological superiority is key to achieving them, and pilfers our intellectual property to accomplish it, aren’t our leaders duty-bound to do something about it?
Communist China is just such a nation, posing just such a problem for America. Yet the notion that we ought, for example, to harden our schools against Chinese penetration in strategically significant areas seems to vex some of our betters.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) highlighted this issue in an April 26 exchange with Maria Bartiromo on her “Sunday Morning Futures” program. He said that given America has
…trained so many of the Chinese Communist Party’s brightest minds to go back to China to compete for our jobs, to take our business, and ultimately to steal our property and design weapons and other devices that can be used against the American people…I think we need to take a very hard look at the visas that we give the Chinese nationals to come to the United States to study, especially at the post-graduate level in advanced scientific and technological fields.
A recent Pew poll showed that nine-in-10 Americans view China’s power and influence as a threat, with 62 percent believing it constitutes a major threat. Yet Cotton came under fire, with the likes of Obama administration national security official Ben Rhodes perversely claiming it is in part because of China hawks like Cotton that China has advanced its technological capability relative to America.
China is pulling ahead of the US on some technologies bc people like Tom Cotton cut funding for research and innovation and make it harder for the best and brightest to come here.
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) April 26, 2020
Does Rhodes honestly believe America is in a better position technologically versus Communist China because we provided its “best and brightest” entrée to our higher education system for the last decade?
Other blue checkmarks cried racism over Cotton’s remarks, although a nationality is not a race, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is one the world’s most discriminatory regimes. Recently, while its man at the World Health Organization, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, sought to deflect criticism of his kowtowing to Communist China over coronavirus, China was engaging in rampant coronavirus-related racism.
China Uses Education As a Weapon --->
Read the rest from Ben Weingarten HERE.

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