The U.S. is said to be considering imposing travel restrictions on members of the Chinese Communist Party in the midst of a deepening dispute, with President Donald Trump saying further sanctions are possible and Beijing vowing to retaliate.
Draft presidential proclamation would revoke visas for Chinese Communist Party members and their families, according to the New York Times, citing four people familiar with the US travel ban that could apply to 92 million members party.
The newspaper said the ban would be similar to the travel ban imposed on Muslim-majority countries in 2017 by giving the president the opportunity to prevent foreign nationals deemed “detrimental to the interests” of the United States from entering the country. country.
Tensions between the increasingly rival countries have intensified in recent weeks in Hong Kong where Beijing has imposed general and controversial national security legislation as well as the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, considered by the United States as a threat. for the safety.
Trump said on Wednesday that he had not ruled out further sanctions against Chinese officials following his signing of the Hong Kong Autonomy Law, a law supposed to punish Beijing for security law. . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the United States would impose visa restrictions on “certain employees” of Chinese technology companies, including Huawei.
Earlier today, China summoned US Ambassador Terry Branstad to make “statutory declarations on Hong Kong’s law, calling it” gross interference in China’s internal affairs. ” A statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, “China will respond to the wrong actions of the United States, including sanctions against American entities and individuals. “
In a statement released Wednesday evening, China’s Hong Kong Liaison Office said, “Unreasonable interference and shameless threats from the United States are typical gangster logic and bullying.
“No outside force can stop China’s determination to maintain national sovereignty and security for Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability. “
State spokesman The Global Times said in an editorial published on Wednesday evening: “The current US administration abnormally worships its own power … How willing is the United States to harm itself? to harm Hong Kong? Whatever card the United States plays next, China will fight it to the end. “
The two countries engage in exchanges of views for the treatment of the respective media, tariffs on goods, sanctions concerning Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as complaints over the disputed South China Sea. Pompeo declared such allegations “illegal” on Tuesday, siding with the countries of Southeast Asia against Beijing.
After the United States imposed sanctions on Chinese officials implicated in alleged human rights violations in Xinjiang, Beijing announced its own set of sanctions against American lawmakers and officials. China also said it would punish US weapons company Lockheed Martin for its role in the latest missile sale to Taiwan.