China Will Deny Visas To US Citizens For Inappropriate Behavior Toward Tibet
The Chinese government will apply visa restrictions to US citizens for "inappropriate behavior" concerning the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. So the official representative of the Chinese foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian on Wednesday at a briefing commented on the introduction of visa restrictions by the United States against Chinese officials involved, according to Washington, in restricting the access of foreigners to Tibet.
"We express our strong protest in this regard. In response to such us steps, China has decided to impose visa restrictions on US citizens who engage in inappropriate behavior towards Tibet," said a Chinese Foreign Ministry official.
"We call on the US to stop using Tibet as a pretext to interfere in China's internal Affairs and stop following the wrong path to prevent further harm to bilateral relations," the diplomat added. According to him, 167 thousand foreign tourists visited Tibet from 2015 to 2018. "More than 14 million Chinese and foreign tourists visited the region last year," Zhao Lijian said.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington is imposing visa restrictions on Chinese officials involved, according to the US authorities, in restricting the access of foreigners to Tibet. The sanctions are imposed under the Reciprocal Access To Tibet Act of 2018. According to Pompeo," Beijing continues to systematically prevent American diplomats and other officials, journalists, and tourists from traveling to the Tibet Autonomous Region and other parts of Tibet, while Chinese officials and other citizens enjoy much greater access to the United States."