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US denies Visas to Chinese Officials

•​Tensions between the United States of America and China have never seemed to subside and with the latest developments by the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said Washington will impose visa restrictions on Chinese officials responsible for restricting freedoms in Hong Kong, but he did not name any of those targeted.

•​Recently the United States Senate voted on a new bill in relation to the oppression of the Chinese ethnic group of Muslims called ‘Uighur’ and now the restrictions on visas for Chinese officials, the trump administrations appear to be determined in whatever they plan to do.

•​This action by the Trump administration on Friday comes ahead of a three-day meeting of China’s parliament which is to take place starting on Sunday, which is most likely to enact a new national security legislation for Hong Kong that has alarmed foreign governments and democracy activists.

•​The US visa restrictions shall apply to present and former Chinese communist party officials it is believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, without naming any officials.

•​President Trump responded to China’s plans last month by saying he was in the process to eliminate the special economic treatment that has allowed Hong Kong to remain a global financial centre since it handed over by Britain in 1997.

•​Chinese embassy spokeswoman Fang Hong stated “China opposes the US side’s wrongful decisions,” and added that China’s legislation targeted only “a very narrow category of acts that seriously jeopardize national security” and further went on to urge the US to correct the mistakes they had made and asked the Trump Administration to stop interfering with the domestic affairs of China.

•​ This action by the US comes at a time of intensified US rhetoric against China as Trump campaigns for re-election. Various polls have shown voters increasingly embittered toward China, especially over the corona virus.

•​“President Trump promised to punish the Chinese communist party officials who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong’s freedoms. Today, we are taking action to do just that,” Pompeo said.

•​Is this a political strategy by the Trump administration for the forthcoming presidential elections or a genuine dispute with the Chinese government over the various cases of injustice or both? Only time will tell.

Reporter : Manish JS

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