China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Beijing will impose alternate restrictions on all the US diplomats in China as a consequence of earlier control on the activities of China’s embassy staff in the United States.
On Friday, a Ministry statement said that the unspecified counter restrictions will apply to all US embassy and consulate staff, as well as the consulate-general in Hong Kong.
The statement added, “To prompt the US to abolish its wrong decisions as soon as possible, the Chinese side has recently sent a diplomatic note announcing reciprocal restrictions on US embassy and consulates, including the consulate-general in Hong Kong ”
This announcement comes a few days after when China intimidated to respond to the new increase in the US restrictions on Chinese diplomats. The restrictions on Chinese diplomats include the requirement to seek approval for university visits, holding cultural events with more than 50 people outside embassy grounds, or meetings with local officials.
What the US says about the restriction?
The measures and restrictions were a response to long-established control on American diplomats in China which depict an angry abuse from Beijing, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, last week.
The restrictions also come as a part of the Trump administration campaign against probable Chinese influence operations and spying activities.
The State Department said that it would take necessary action to ensure that all Chinese embassy and consulate social media accounts were properly identified
Relationships between the two countries are “deteriorating”
On Friday, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Washington’s several rounds of restrictions on the Chinese personnel have disturbed the relationship between the two countries.
The US has been taking various steps towards restricting Chinese activities as a part of the November presidential elections. In the elections, Donald Trump is facing a strong challenge from the Democratic challenger Joe Biden and where Biden has made a tough approach to China a key foreign policy platform.
Relationships between the two countries are continuing to degrade because of the disputes over the trades, Taiwan, Tibet, human rights, Hong Kong, and the coronavirus pandemic
Trump has blamed China many times for being unsuccessful to respond correctly to the COVID 19 virus, which was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.
In June, the US ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas, which encouraged Beijing to force the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu.