U.S. requires Chinese diplomats to notify State Department about meetings

The Trump administration has started requiring Chinese diplomats to give the State Department advance notice of all official meetings they have in the U.S., the South China Morning Post reported Thursday, citing a senior U.S. official.

The policy covers any visits Chinese diplomats make to see state or local officials. The Chinese envoys only have to notify U.S. officials, not request permission. The move is intended to pressure Beijing into easing restrictions on U.S. diplomats in China.

“We’ve been complaining to the Chinese government for years now,” the State Department official said. “The Chinese response is that ‘We give you access when appropriate.'”

The official said the new policy was not related to U.S. pressure on China over trade issues or human rights.

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