(PatriotWise.com)- China is again upset with the United States again, this time because the White House is considering evacuating all American diplomats and families because of China’s public health measures that are very strict.
A report from Reuters said that roughly one-quarter of all U.S. consular and embassy staff would end up choosing to leave China “as soon as possible” if they could. This comes as health authorities in China might mandate isolation in hospitals and separating parents from their children as part of the country’s “zero-tolerance” policy toward COVID-19.
The U.S. government has attempted to get American officials exempted from what they’re calling “intrusive pandemic control measures,” but they’ve been unsuccessful at doing so.
Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry in China, said this week that the country’s public health policies were effective, and they’re both scientific and rigorous.
According to Reuters, Zhao said:
“They also protect foreign nationals in China … [the measures] take into account the comfort and legitimate rights and interests of diplomatic and consular personnel.
“China is currently without doubt the safest country in the world. Evacuating from the safest place will only greatly increase the risk of infection among U.S. personnel. The logic behind the U.S.’s decision-making is incomprehensible and difficult to justify.”
Zhao further said China is asking the United States to “carefully consider” whether they should authorize American official and family members to evacuate from the country, saying China has “serious concern and dissatisfaction” about the entire situation.
A state-run media outlet in the country, the Global Times, suggested that this move was a deliberate attempt by the U.S. to undermine China’s successful policies toward COVID-19. A headline about the situation referenced the situation as a “dirty trick.”
The United States currently has one embassy in Beijing as well as consulates in Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenyang. The diplomats in the country said they were OK with home quarantine as a baseline requirement, according to the Reuters report, but they believed being admitted to a medical facility should, in fact, be voluntary.
On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the State Department told Newsweek:
“The operating status at our mission in the [People’s Republic of China] has not changed. Any change in operating status of this nature would be predicated solely on the health, safety and security of our colleagues and their family members.”
The Chinese government remains very concerned about the spread of the Omicron and Delta variants of COVID-19, especially as the Winter Olympics are about to begin on February 4. That’s why, despite case counts being much lower there than they are in the U.S., the government is being very strict about the mitigation measures.
Some neighborhoods in Beijing are currently under lockdown because of infection numbers that have been in the single digital for every day of this week. Mass testing has also occurred in those districts for the third time in the month of January.