The Trump administration has placed restrictions on the ability of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members and their families to travel to the United States.
The State Department has revised its policy to reduce the maximum duration of stay for CCP members and their immediate families who hold B1/B2 visitor visas—to one month from 10 years, a department official said in a Dec. 3 statement.
The visas are for non-immigrants traveling for business or tourist purposes.
Currently, there are around 92 million Party members in China.
The official said the measure was made in line with the Trump administration's aim to "protect our nation from the CCP's malign influence."
"The CCP and its members actively work in the U.S. to influence Americans through propaganda, economic coercion, and other nefarious activities," the official said, adding that the regime also sends agents to "unabashedly monitor, threaten, and report on Chinese nationals and Chinese-American groups" engaging in activities protected under the First Amendment.
This visa measure was made under the Immigration and Nationality Act, which authorizes the State Department to limit visas for groups deemed "hostile to U.S. values," the official said.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, at a news briefing on Dec. 3, criticized the move as "an escalated form of political oppression towards China by some extreme anti-China forces in the U.S."