Scientific research is collateral damage as US-China relationship hits the rocks

The number of US visas granted to Chinese government-funded students plunged in the first three months of 2019, data from the Chinese government showed. Most were in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses.
The number of US visas granted to Chinese government-funded students plunged in the first three months of 2019, data from the Chinese government showed. Most were in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses.PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

WASHINGTON - A Chinese student didn't find it funny when a lab supervisor in an American university jokingly told her that she may be a spy.

Identified only as Martha, and with the name of the university not disclosed, the student told National Public Radio (NPR) that she felt betrayed - and afraid.

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