According to the US government, President Donald Trump wants to take action against Chinese students for alleged espionage in the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that the government had an "obligation" to ensure that students at US universities "did not act on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party." Chinese students should not be allowed to "spy" in the United States.

The New York Times had previously reported that Trump was considering expelling thousands of Chinese students who are said to have ties to the People's Republic's armed forces. Trump has announced a press conference on China this Friday. Pompeo did not comment on the exact content of the conference. Some U.S. universities rely on tuition fees from overseas students.

The relationship between the United States and China is already burdened by a trade conflict and mutual punitive tariffs. Donald Trump also accuses China of negligent handling of the corona virus. Tensions have increased again in the dispute over the Chinese security law for Hong Kong. According to the United States, this law, which criminalizes subversive activities aimed at the independence of the special administrative zone, endangers the autonomy of China. The US government has already withdrawn Hong Kong's special status under US law, which means that exports from Hong Kong could now also be subject to punitive tariffs. The EU foreign ministers also want to discuss a strategy towards China.