(PatriotWise.com)- President Donald Trump might be battling for his presidency in the biggest election integrity fight in American history, but he’s still finding time to fight Chinese corruption and manipulation.
According to a report by the New York Times, the Trump administration has imposed new travel restrictions that affect members of the Chinese Communist Party. The ban was imposed on Wednesday and impacts a previous rule that allowed Chinese Communist Party members to obtain 10-year American visas.
A representative of the State Department reportedly confirmed the new restrictions, along with a new rule limiting travel visas being limited to a single entry into the United States rather than multiple entries.
The report also acknowledged that the new rule is likely to be implemented differently depending on the person applying. For instance, academics, researchers, and even citizens in China often need to be a member of the Chinese Communist Party to advance their career. For those who are members of the party as a matter of formality, the rule is not likely to apply.
Interviews at an American consulate would determine whether applicants are eligible to enter the United States or not.
This week, the State Department also revealed how China chose to ignore evidence of North Korean money launderers and weapons program suppliers engaging in covert tactics in their country.
Alex Wong, the State Department Deputy Envoy for North Korean Affairs, gave a keynote speech in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday explaining how China was expected to have expelled the North Korean representatives years ago.
“But it hasn’t done that,” Wong said. “And it’s not because the Chinese government is unaware of them. The United States has provided China with ample actionable information on the ongoing U.N.-prohibited activities occurring within its borders. But Beijing has chosen not to act.”
Speaking to The Times, a spokesperson from the State Department said that the new visa rules were part of “ongoing policy, regulatory, and law-enforcement actions across the U.S. government to protect our nation from the CCP’s malign influence.”
Unsurprisingly, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the decision should be reversed.
“We hope people in the United States will adopt a common rational view toward China and give up their hatred and abnormal mind-set toward the Communist Party,” spokeswoman Hua Chunying said to Bloomberg News.
It could be just a matter of weeks before Joe Biden is inaugurated president – though that is not yet a certainty – but the president remains committed to his America First agenda even as Democrats promise to reverse much of the progress he has made in fighting back against China over the last four years.