U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Dec. 4 announced visa restrictions on Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials who are involved in malign foreign influence activities.
The State Department may now deny entry to officials in the regime’s United Front Work Department (UFWD) “who have engaged in malign activities to co-opt and coerce those who oppose Beijing’s policies,” Pompeo wrote in a tweet.
“The United Front frequently intimidates members of academia, businesses, civil society groups, and Chinese diaspora communities,” Pompeo said in a statement. Among the tactics used are doxxing (releasing a person’s personal information online) the targets and their family members, he added.
The latest visa restrictions apply to Chinese officials, or individuals active in UFWD activities, who have “engaged in the use or threat of physical violence, theft and release of private information, espionage, sabotage, or malicious interference in domestic political affairs, academic freedom, personal privacy, or business activity,” according to Pompeo. This means that people found to meet these criteria may be denied entry into the United States.
These malign activities, Pompeo said, are “intended to co-opt and coerce sub-national leaders, overseas Chinese communities, academia, and other civil society groups both in the United States and other countries in furtherance of the CCP’s authoritarian narratives and policy preferences.”
“The United States calls on the Chinese regime to end its use of coercion and intimidation tactics to suppress freedom of expression,” he added.