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Who started the tit-for-tat? Beijing places ‘reciprocal’ restrictions on US diplomats… in response to US’ ‘reciprocal’ measures

US diplomats in China will now have to notify the Foreign Ministry before meeting with local officials, Beijing has announced. China said the measure was in response to Washington’s diplomatic restrictions on its own diplomats.

US diplomats must inform the ministry five working days in advance of any relevant meetings. The US Embassy has been notified of the new rule, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday.

The spokeswoman described the decision as “reciprocal,” citing a US dictate from October demanding that Chinese diplomats notify the State Department before meeting with federal and local officials. Washington claimed at the time that the measure was in response to the inability of US diplomats to meet with Chinese officials and academics.

“We once again urge the US side to correct its mistakes and revoke the relevant rules,” Hua told reporters at a press briefing.

Beijing and Washington have been locking horns over a range of sensitive political issues, from the ongoing Hong Kong protests to territorial claims in the South China Sea.

https://www.rt.com/news/475164-china-us-diplomats-restrictions/

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Sally Snyder
Sally Snyder
December 6, 2019

As shown in this article, there continue to be an unanticipated negative economic impact for Americans thanks to the Trump tariffs on China:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-spillover-effects-of-trump-tariffs.html

If we want someone to blame for the current situation we need look no further than Corporate America whose leadership transferred millions of jobs to overseas locations where the cost of labor was a fraction of what it cost in the United States, all in the name of higher profits, elevated stock prices and enriched compensation packages for executives.

peter mcloughlin
December 6, 2019

Every ageing stag is challenged by a young usurper: every ageing stag must eventually concede.
https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

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