The United States continues its program of political opposition to China. The State Department announced new restrictions on Chinese diplomats: they relate to meeting with American officials, visiting universities, and holding mass events. Beijing, in turn, has already promised to give a вЂњnecessary and legal answer.вЂќ
вЂњThe most serious threat to the United States from a foreign power comes from the Chinese Communist Party,вЂќ US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in an interview with Fox News a new stage in the confrontation with the PRC. Mr. Pompeo argued that the Chinese вЂњinfiltrated the United States in a way that Russia did not do.вЂќ He said President Donald Trump would not allow the United States to вЂњkneelвЂќ on China and directed his anger at Chinese diplomats.
According to the new requirements, Chinese diplomatic workers will now need to obtain permission from the US authorities to visit university campuses, meet with officials and hold events (except for ambassadors), designed for more than 50 people.
The Department of State has taken these measures in response to earlier restrictions imposed by China on US officials. In August, Beijing announced sanctions against 11 US senators, human rights activists, and members of non-governmental organizations. Tellingly, it was also a response вЂ” to US restrictions on high-ranking officials in Hong Kong. And they were introduced in response to the entry into force of the national security law in Hong Kong. The American authorities then considered these actions by China to be aggressive towards Hong Kong.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has already responded to Mike Pompeo's statement. His spokesman Hua Chunying called the US actions a violation of international law and the Sino-US agreement on consular relations.
вЂњWe call on the State Department to stop undermining bilateral relations,вЂќ said Ms. Hua. In an official statement from the Chinese Embassy in the United States, the actions of the State Department were called вЂњa gross trampling on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.вЂќ вЂњWe will give the necessary and legitimate answer in light of the changing situation,вЂќ she promised.