WASHINGTON — The Latest on Chinese institutes on U.S. campuses (all times local):
U.S. intelligence and security officials are voicing concerns to a Senate judiciary panel that Chinese students might exploit access to universities to gather intelligence and sensitive research.
Joseph Morosco, a senior counterintelligence official at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, says academics and researchers from Russia and Iran also pose a risk.
But he voiced particular concern Wednesday about China because it is a "formidable" economic competitor of the U.S. and seeks to acquire critical technology and expertise to further its scientific and military modernization.
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin says the U.S. already has ample legal authority to reject foreign student applications to prevent espionage and illegal activity.
He says the wrongdoing of a few individuals should not "cast a shadow over any group of international students."