An anti-national security law protester holds a banner reading “Chinese communist party is shameless, break the promises” during a march at the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China from Britain in Hong Kong, China July 1, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

The Trump administration is considering a travel ban on people in the Chinese Communist Party, which could further tensions between the two nations. As it stands, the draft could prevent 90 million people from entering the U.S. Nearly 3 million tourists visit from China in normal years.

The relationship between the two superpowers was strained after the U.S. accused China of a series of human rights abuses. The Chinese government was accused in late June of forcibly sterilizing the Uighur Muslim population and shipping hair to the U.S. from forced labor camps. In a move that injured the autonomy of Hong Kong, China implemented a new National Security Law on June 30 that would allow Beijing to punish anyone the CCP deems a threat to national security. And following pressure from the U.S. to deem the Chinese-owned tech company Huawei a national security threat and outlaw the telecommunications company, the U.K. banned Huawei on Tuesday, giving the company until 2027 to remove its tech from all 5G networks.

The proclamation is similar to Presidential Proclamation 9645, issued in 2017, that banned most travelers from unstable countries, including Iran, Syria, North Korea, and 10 others due to the difficulty of verifying the information provided those immigrants and their home countries. In a similar vein, the newly drafted immigration policy considers CCP members a national threat and can bar them from entering the U.S. for immigrant or nonimmigrant visas.

Further proposals to the regulation could include only barring members of the ruling party and their family members, which would directly impact 25 people and their families, according to the original New York Times report. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

China brands any US ban on Communists ‘pathetic’ – BBC News – 7/16/2020
His administration has also condemned China’s military build-up in the South China Sea, where several countries have competing territorial claims. The US has accused China of bullying its neighbours. […] China said it was not afraid of the threat of sanctions over the issue, accusing Washington of stirring up trouble and destabilising the region.

Barr warns of Chinese efforts to dominate industries, calls out Hollywood, tech giants for caving to pressure – Fox News – 7/16/2020
Discussing sectors, including the technology, pharmaceutical, and entertainment industries, Barr described how the Chinese government is “engaged in an economic blitzkrieg” aimed at dominating the global economy and replacing the U.S. as the world’s top superpower.

US announces visa restrictions for employees of Huawei and other Chinese tech companies – CNN – 7/15/2020
Pompeo’s announcement comes a day after President Donald Trump announced he would sign a bill and an executive order punishing China for steps that are widely seen as an attempt to crush democratic freedoms in Hong Kong, and railed at China for “unleashing … upon the world” the global coronavirus pandemic.

US threatens sanctions against Huawei employees and business partners – The Guardian – 7/15/2020
Washington has accused Huawei of working at the behest of Beijing and says that global security and personal data will be at risk if the company dominates development of the world’s fifth-generation internet. Pompeo said that Huawei was already responsible for rights abuses by letting China spy on dissidents and abetting Beijing’s sweeping surveillance in the western region of Xinjiang, where rights groups say more than one million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims are incarcerated.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

Smita Prakash on Twitter, 7/15/2020: U.S. might impose travel ban on Chinese Communist Party members. CCP has 92 million members, trying to identify them would a be a huge task…similar to the ban on Muslim countries in 2017. If it happens, would be the most provocative action so far on China

Eric Fish on Twitter, 7/15/2020: As soon as Chinese students in US dodge one bullet, here comes another. Many grad students here are CCP members (most of whom couldn’t care less about the ideology; just use as resume booster). In survey at Purdue, 13% of PRC students there were members.

Axios on Twitter, 7/16/2020: The U.S.-China trade war quietly escalates

Yahoo Singapore on Twitter, 7/16/2020: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his department was targeting employees of Huawei and possibly other Chinese technology companies for their role in enabling human rights abuses at home and abroad.

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