The Trump administration is considering new background checks and other restrictions on Chinese students in the US over growing espionage concerns, sources said.
In June, the US state department shortened the length of visas for Chinese graduate students studying aviation, robotics and advanced manufacturing to one year from five.
US officials said the goal was to curb the risk of spying and theft of intellectual property in areas vital to national security.
But now the Trump administration is weighing whether to subject Chinese students to additional vetting before they attend a US school.
The ideas under consideration include checks of student phone records and scouring of personal accounts on Chinese and US social media platforms for anything that might raise concerns about students’ intentions in the US, including affiliations with government organisations, a US official and three congressional and university sources said.