China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Suggests Countermeasures Against U.S. Measures Against Chinese Diplomats September 3, 20:08
Beijing has indicated that it will not back down on the U.S. Trump administration’s announcement of new measures that would requir Chinese diplomats to get U.S. government permits, such as meeting with local government officials in the United States.
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo today revealed that he has taken new steps to requir Chinese diplomats to get permission from the State Department when visiting American universities or meeting with local government officials.
In response, Hua Chunying, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a press conference on March 3 that “the U.S. State Department is restricting the normal activities of Chinese embassy officials one after another. This is a serious violation of international law and hinders normal exchanges between the two countries.”
“We call on the U.S. State Department to immediately withdraw the wrong decision and not to interfere with normal human exchanges between the two countries or destroy relations between the two countries. If this situation continues, China will take legitimate and necessary measures.”
There has been a lot of reciprocity between the United States and China, including the closure of each other’s foreign offices, the U.S. has set limits on the number of Chinese journalists and the validity of coverage visas, while China has forced leading American reporters to return their press certificates.