The United States will impose visa restrictions against executives of Chinese state-owned companies and officials of the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy. This was announced by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on January 14.
The reason is the situation in the South China Sea. Visa restrictions will affect persons responsible for or involved in the development, construction, or militarization of disputed outposts in the South China Sea.
Also, the measures will affect those involved in pressuring China on its demands from Southeast Asia to restrict their access to offshore resources in the South China Sea, said in a statement on the website of the State Department.
Family members of those hit by the restrictions are also affected.
In December, the U.S. blacklisted 77 entities from China and other countries. One of the reasons for putting organizations on the sanctions list was the expansion of China's presence in the South China Sea and the East China Sea.
In October, U.S. President-elect Joseph Biden said that if he wins the election, he intends to make China comply with international norms.