The outgoing Donald Trump administration on Thursday reduced the US visitor visas validity period for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials and their family members from ten years to one month and will be a single entry.
According to reports, US State Department official in a statement to CNN said, “This is in keeping with our ongoing policy, regulatory, and law-enforcement action across the U.S. Government to protect our nation from the CCP’s malign influence, Under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act. The Department of State has the authority to limit visa validity of groups of individuals hostile to U.S. values.”
“CCP sends agents to the United States to unabashedly monitor, threaten, and report on Chinese nationals and Chinese-American groups engaging in legal, honest, and open activities that are protected under freedom of speech and freedom of assembly clauses,” the spokesperson said.
“For decades we allowed the CCP free and unfettered access to U.S. institutions and businesses while these same privileges were never extended freely to U.S. citizens in China. Interaction with free societies, economies, and access to Western technologies certainly helped China develop, while the CCP only doubled down on Marxist-Leninism and hostility to the free world,” the spokesperson added.
Reacting to the development, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said the new US visa rules for CCP members are not in the interests of the United States and would only damage the US image.