New China Restrictions for US Diplomats12/06 06:24
BEIJING (AP) -- China said Friday it will now require U.S. diplomats to give
five days' notice before holding meetings with Chinese officials and academics
in retaliation for a similar restriction by Washington.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing
that the rule was a direct response to Washington's move in October to require
all Chinese diplomats to preregister for meetings with officials down to the
municipal level as well as visits to educational and research institutions.
Hua said the U.S. should "correct its mistakes, revoke the relevant
decision, and provide support and convenience for Chinese diplomatic and
consular staff in the U.S. to perform their duty."
The tit-for-tat restrictions come amid a trade war between the world's two
largest economies and U.S. allegations that China's massive telecommunications
technology provider Huawei poses a security threat to Western democracies.