BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday accused critics in the U.S. government of “an escalation of political suppression” against Beijing following a report of new visa restrictions on members of China’s ruling Communist Party and their immediate family members.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said China would “make representations” to the U.S. following the report Thursday in the New York Times that such people would be limited to one-month, single-entry visas.
Hua called Washington’s approach “totally inconsistent with the U.S.’s own interests,” and said it would damage America’s global image.
“I think it is obvious to all that this is an escalation of political suppression by some extreme anti-China forces in the U.S. out of strong ideological prejudice and deep-rooted Cold War mentality against China,” Hua said at a daily briefing.
The Times report could not immediately be confirmed, but follows earlier hints that Washington was planning such a move,