NYT: U.S. Tightens Visa Rules for Chinese Communist Party Members
Thu December, 2020, Age: 2 years
The Trump administration on Wednesday issued new rules to curtail travel to the United States by members of the Chinese Communist Party and their immediate families, a move certain to further exacerbate tensions between the two countries. The new policy, which took immediate effect, limits the maximum duration of travel visas for party members and their families to one month, according to a State Department spokesman. Previously, party members, like other Chinese citizens, could obtain visitor visas for the United States that were valid for 10 years. In principle, the new visa policy could affect the travel of roughly 270 million people, according to U.S. government estimates based on a Communist Party membership of 92 million. In practice, it might be difficult to determine who, apart from high-level officials, belongs to the party.