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F.B.I. Bars Some China Scholars From Visiting U.S. Over Spying Fears

As part of a new counterintelligence operation, the FBI has barred 30 Chinese scholars from entering the US by either revoking their visas or subjecting the documents to administrative review. According to the US State Department, Chinese intelligence agencies have been instructing scholars to gather sensitive data on US citizens during visits to the country.

While some US scholars warn that the operation may alienate influential Chinese intellectuals that are promoting better relations between the two countries, others say that China has been taking advantage of the openness of the US without returning the favor, as US academics are often barred from visiting China.

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