China is planning tighter visa restrictions for U.S. nationals, people with knowledge of the proposed curbs said, following similar U.S. restrictions on Chinese nationals, as relations between the countries sour.
China’s Ministry of Public Security has for months been working on rules to limit the ability of anyone employed, or sponsored, by U.S. intelligence services and human rights groups to travel to China.
The proposed changes follow the introduction by the United States of tighter rules for visas for Chinese scholars in May.
It is said that the new U.S. visa restrictions announced on Tuesday, on Chinese government and officials the United States believes responsible for the detention of Muslim minorities, had bolstered the case for the new Chinese restrictions, one of the sources said.
The source added: "The plan has been widely discussed by senior police officers over recent months, but made more likely to be implemented after the Hong Kong protests and the U.S. visa ban on Chinese officials."