Government officials in Washington are strengthening anti-Chinese sentiment in ways that are reminiscent of the Red Scare during the Cold War.
Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s former chief strategist, has played a key role in reviving The Committee on the Present Danger. This committee is most well-known for warning against the dangers of the Soviet Union during the 1970s and 1980s. This committee has accrued increasing respect within the Trump Administration.
The American government has also taken increasing actions within academic institutions to prevent espionage from Chinese citizens. Ivy League universities have been warned by officials from the National Security Council to keep an eye out for Chinese students who might try to steal technological advancements from the research being conducted on campus.
Other actions have been more explicit as well, with the government implementing a restriction on visas to Chinese graduate students in research fields deemed “sensitive,” such as robotics and aviation.
The Trump Administration has also placed different Chinese tech companies on an “entity list.” This “entity list” precludes these particular companies from conducting business with American firms. Additionally, there has been increased checks of American companies that have minority stakes by Chinese investors.
These different actions are seemingly pursued in coordination as they work to stoke an anti-Chinese sentiment.