As we see US media people – especially on the right – talk about Chinese Students as potential spies for the Chinese government what they forget is that the Chinese Government worries that those same students might convert to the idea of democracy and become a fifth column to undermine the Communist party in China. In other words it cuts two ways.
The smart US response is to focus on a way to get those Chinese students to work for the US just as the Chinese Government fears. As the Chinese Government knows, the USA can give those students more than they can get in China. Aside from the negatives those Chinese students may see in America now with all the Trump nonsense, the future should make them think the USA is the far better way to go.