US-China relations: Beijing says banning 92 million Communist Party members from America ‘ridiculous’

Catherine Wong
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China said the US would antagonise the 1.4 billion Chinese people if it went ahead with a plan to ban entry for all members of the ruling Communist Party.

The US Trump administration is reportedly reviewing a proposal of a sweeping ban on travel to the United States by members of the Communist Party of China, a move that would further strain ties between the world’s two biggest economies. Beijing has called the US “pathetic” and “ridiculous” amid such reports.

“If the reports are true, the US is choosing to stand in opposition to all the 1.4 billion Chinese people, which is standing in opposition against one-fifth of the world’s population,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday.

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“This would be against the will of the people in both nations and against the trend of the 21st century, and is very ridiculous.”

US media, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, reported that the Trump administration was considering banning travel to the United States by all members of the Communist Party and their families. Reuters, citing an unnamed source, reported that senior US officials discussing the matter had begun circulating a draft of a possible presidential order but deliberations were at an early stage and the issue had not yet been brought to Trump.

The ban would effectively deny entry to the United States by the nearly 92 million members of the 99-year-old party, which encompasses all levels of the Chinese society from the top political and business elites to the grass roots.

Hua said the party was deeply embedded into Chinese society and was integral to the success of the Chinese nation.

“The leadership of the Communist Party is the fundamental feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics. Under the leadership of the Communist Party, the Chinese people won independence, freedom and liberation,” she said. “The path of socialism with Chinese characteristics has not only helped the Chinese people get rid of poverty, it has also made a huge contribution to the advancement of mankind.”

Last week, the US State Department announced it would impose a visa ban on several senior Chinese Communist Party officials, including a top Politburo member, it deemed responsible for human rights abuses against Muslims in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. The United Nations has ­estimated more than a million Muslims have been detained in camps there for political ­re-education, but Beijing claims they are vocational training centres aimed at countering religious ­extremism.

Hua said the US had no right to deny the choices made by the Chinese people.

“No country and no one has the right to deny the choice made by the Chinese people or the path they have chosen that has been proved to be correct, nor do they have the ability to stop China from continuing down the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics,” she said.

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