China threatens US retaliation after tightening leash on Beijing diplomats

On Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said China would respond "appropriately and necessary" to the new sanctions imposed on its ambassadors by the State Department.

China threatens US retaliation after tightening leash on Beijing diplomats

Mike Pompeo, the top US diplomat, introduced the sanctions on Wednesday, including allowing Chinese diplomats to visit universities or meet with local officials.

He said the measures contradicted the old controls imposed on US diplomats in China.

U.S. ambassadors must obtain permission from the authorities to meet, deliver, or visit universities.

A spokesman for the US embassy in Beijing said the permit was "permanently revoked" or revoked at the last minute.

Unapproved travel to Tibet is also excessive.

The two countries are engaged in a powerful struggle against trade, security and technology, while the Corona virus and rights issues have further poisoned relations from Hong Kong to the Uighur minority in Xinjiang.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman in Beijing on Thursday warned that it would respond "appropriately and necessarily" to the sanctions imposed on its ambassadors.

Hua Chunying told reporters that the ban on Chinese diplomats was "a serious violation of international law and the fundamental principles of international relations."

Pompeo's recent move means that Chinese diplomats in the United States will also have to seek the approval of more than 50 people for any cultural event outside the embassy or consulate.

In addition, the embassy's social media accounts must be identified’ as Chinese government accounts.

A US embassy spokesman told AFP that the United States was not covering "every aspect of China's serious obstacles."

Nevertheless, these measures are likely to increase diplomatic animosity between the United Nations.

In July, the United States ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, signaling to Beijing to close the US mission in Chengdu.


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