International US US tightens travel rules for Chinese Communist Party members: NYT

US tightens travel rules for Chinese Communist Party members: NYT

The new policy -- which took immediate effect on Wednesday -- caps visas of Communist Party members and their immediate families to one month and a single entry into the country, the report said. 

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Washington issued new entry rules for Chinese Communist Party members traveling to the United States, the New York Times reported Thursday, citing the State Department.

The new policy — which took immediate effect on Wednesday — caps visas of Communist Party members and their immediate families to one month and a single entry into the country, the report said.

“For decades we allowed the CCP free and unfettered access to US institutions and businesses while these same privileges were never extended freely to US citizens in China,” a State Department spokesperson said in a statement quoted by the Times.

Applicants had previously been able to obtain 10-year visitor visas. The report estimated the new restrictions could theoretically apply to around 270 million people.

- Advertisement -

Tensions have soared between the world’s two largest economies on a range of fronts and both countries have stepped up travel restrictions on each other’s citizens.

Both countries have restricted journalist visas, with Washington curbing the number of Chinese nationals from state-run news outlets in the United States earlier this year.

China responded in March by expelling more than a dozen American journalists from the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

The Trump administration has also revoked the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students under a policy introduced in June that accused some of espionage and stealing intellectual property.

Beijing did not confirm the new restrictions Thursday, but said earlier reports that the US was considering travel restrictions showed its “hatred and abnormal mindset towards the Communist Party.”

“Some extreme anti-China forces in the US, driven by a strong ideological bias and deep-rooted Cold War mentality, are politically oppressing China,” said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a routine press briefing Thursday.

“This is an escalation of their political oppression towards China and China is firmly opposed to that,” she said.

Beijing has previously accused Washington of “political persecution and racial discrimination” over visa restrictions.

burs-gle-lxc/rox/je

© Agence France-Presse

/AFP

Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Netizens petition: ‘Say NO to Chan Chun Sing for PM!’

Singapore -- Since news broke last Thursday (April 8) that Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat would step aside as leader of the People's Action Party's fourth-generation team, speculation has been rife amongst netizens as to who would be the next...

Covid-19 vaccinated migrant worker among 20 new cases in S’pore, first dorm case in 6 weeks

Singapore – One foreign worker in a dormitory who had already been vaccinated was among the 20 new Covid-19 cases reported by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (Apr 11). The 23-year-old male Indian national, a work permit holder employed by...

Actor Chin Han ‘felt possessed’ playing Mortal Kombat villain Shang Tsung

SINGAPORE - Singapore’s homegrown Hollywood star Chin Han agreed to play Mortal Kombat villain Shang Tsung once he saw the costume. That was how Mortal Kombat director first-time feature filmmaker Simon McQuoid persuaded Singapore’s Hollywood star to play an iconic role in...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent