Stricter controls on Chinese diplomats in the US

epa06843225 A US national flag flies near the national emblem of China outside of the Bayi Building before a welcome ceremony for US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Beijing, China, 27 June 2018. EPA-EFE/MARK SCHIEFELBEIN / POOL

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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.

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

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