China To Impose Retaliatory Visa Restrictions Against Select US Visitors

China US Relations
People walk at the terminal hall of the newly launched Daxing International Airport on the outskirts of Beijing (Photo: Reuters / Jason Lee)

In retaliation to the United States' imposition of visa restrictions against Chinese researchers and officials, the Chinese government has revealed plans to impose tighter visa restrictions on US visitors with ties to anti-China groups and organizations.

The plan is the latest in a line of tit-for-tat measures between both nations as their relations continue to degrade.

According to reports citing sources with knowledge of the matter, China's Ministry of Public Security has apparently been laying down plans to implement a set of rules aimed at limiting the ability of US nationals with ties to the US intelligence services and a number of human rights groups to travel to the country.

The set of rules will reportedly be similar to the visa restrictions imposed by the United States for Chinese scholars back in May and new restrictions it imposed just this week. On Tuesday, the US imposed new visa restrictions against Chinese government officials who are accused of being involved in the alleged detention of Muslim minorities.

The Ministry of Public Security is reportedly already drafting a list of US personnel from both the CIA and the military and a separate list of US nationals linked to anti-China groups and institutions. Sources claim that all of the people that will be placed on the list will be included in China's visa blacklist.

Apart from simply retaliating to the US' actions, the measure imposed by China is also a direct result of the country's continued concerns over the United States' apparent meddling in its internal affairs. This includes the possible incitement by the international anti-government organization of protest movements in mainland China.

Back in May, the United States was the first to impose heavy restrictions against China. Most notably, the US revealed that it had listed Chinese tech giant Huawei technologies into its so-called Entity Blacklist along with 70 other Chinese firms with ties to the company.

This measure led to the imposition of bans, restrictions, and tariffs from both sides in the months that followed.

In its latest measure against China, the US Commerce Department mentioned on Monday that it has added more than 28 Chinese institutions and companies to its trade blacklist for their involvement in the ongoing dispute in China's Xinjiang Region.

One of the companies that were placed on the blacklist was China's largest video surveillance manufacturer, Hikvision, and the world's most valuable AI startup, SenseTime.

The US' move to add the 28 entities to their blacklist comes just days before negotiators from both countries are scheduled to meet for another round of talks. Chinese negotiators are scheduled to arrive in Washington on Thursday to meet with their counterparts.

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