U.S. imposes restrictions on Chinese diplomats

U.S. imposes restrictions on Chinese diplomats

They will have to get approvals for some visits, meetings, and events

High-ranking Chinese diplomats working in the U.S. will have to get permission from the U.S. government to attend or hold some grassroots events, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced.

“The State Department has created a mechanism requiring high-ranking Chinese diplomats to receive approval to visit university campuses or meet with local authorities,” the head of U.S. diplomacy said.

“Cultural events involving more than 50 people held by the Chinese Embassy and consular agencies outside mission buildings will also require our approval,” Pompeo said at a State Department news conference.

“In addition, we are taking additional measures to ensure that all official accounts of the Chinese Embassy and Consulates on social networks are identified as government accounts, accounts of the Chinese government,” he added.

China will take “legitimate retaliatory measures” over new U.S. restrictions on Chinese diplomats, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing on Thursday.

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