Stricter controls on Chinese diplomats in the US
Chinese diplomats in the US will have to notify American authorities before holding any meetings with US officials.
Official visits to “educational and research institutions”, such as schools and universities, must also be pre-registered, the state department said.
China said the US was breaking international rules – but the US said American diplomats in China faced similar restrictions.
As for reciprocity, the US has a far greater number of diplomatic personnel in China than China has in the US. In 2018 alone, American diplomats paid more than 160 visits to Chinese universities.
— Chinese Embassy in US (@ChineseEmbinUS) October 16, 2019
The rules would apply to “official meetings with [US] state officials, official meetings with local and municipal officials, official visits to educational institutions, and official visits to research institutions”, the state department said.
An official said the US was merely “levelling the playing field” with China, and that it was a response to Chinese restrictions on American diplomats.
Via The Strait Times