U.S. Appears to Suspend Visas to 4 Chinese “Powerful Department” Officials and Families

According to the Chinese official media Global Times, the family members of Chinese Ministry of Public Security personnel and a freshman undergraduate student were denied visas by the U.S. The U.S. visa officer said it was based on the U.S. Secretary of State’s instruction to stop issuing visas to the spouses and children of active personnel of China’s Immigration, Security and Public Security Ministries. Hua Chunying criticized the U.S. for forcing bad human interaction between the two countries for political reasons. In response to our inquiry, the U.S. State Department did not affirm or deny the new visa policy, but emphasized that China should issue travel documents to Chinese awaiting deportation in the United States.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on May 13 that this U.S. practice proves that the U.S. is artificially destroying normal people-to-people contacts between the two countries for political reasons, “According to such U.S. logic, shouldn’t China refuse to issue visas to U.S. intelligence and law enforcement personnel and their families to come to China?”

A notice from a consular official circulated on the Internet shows that the U.S. suspended the issuance of B1, B2, B1/B2, F1, F2, J1 and J2 visas to the following Chinese Communist Party personnel: the deputy director of the Immigration Bureau (including the Immigration Bureau) or officials of the same rank and above, their spouses and children under 21; and current personnel of the State Supervisory Commission, the Ministry of State Security, and the Ministry of Public Security, their spouses and children under the age of thirty. The reason for the suspension is section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and the Secretary of Homeland Security has notified the Secretary of State of China’s refusal or unwarranted delay in accepting Chinese citizens, subjects, nationals, or residents who have received a final order of deportation from the United States.

The State Department told the station that effective enforcement of U.S. immigration law is a priority and did not respond directly to the applicant’s Ministry of Public Security background: “Over the years, the U.S. government has repeatedly requested that China issue travel documents in a timely manner to those Chinese who have received final orders of removal, but China has not responded adequately. The Chinese government needs to do more to reduce the number of Chinese nationals awaiting deportation. We are working with the Department of Homeland Security to hold the Chinese government accountable for this. If China shows a willingness to cooperate and accept these individuals back to their home country, we are willing to assist in their deportation.”

Lai Jianping, a Canadian lawyer with a master’s degree in international law from China University of Political Science and Law, told the station that he has not seen the official U.S. documents, but Hua Chunying’s response was comical, as if a robber shouting about the right to legitimate defense.

“This is a sovereign act made by the U.S. under domestic law, executive orders and policies, and an act of justice in line with universal values. If the families of officials who violate human rights are allowed to run around the world without restraint, this is aiding and abetting the enemy. The United States is a democratically elected government, and there is no possibility for public officials to systematically and systematically violate human rights. Whereas China’s public prosecutors and law enforcement are the party’s knives, and it is only right to restrict them.”

In January, the U.S. released its Strategic Action Plan to Address the China Threat, which showed China rejecting 40,000 Chinese citizens who had overstayed or violated visa rules and should have been deported.

U.S. Resumes Issuing Chinese Student Visas, Some High-Tech Backgrounds Still Restricted

Wu Jianmin, leader of the 1989 academic movement and oil pipe blogger of “Jianmin Pushes the Wall Theory,” said the U.S. should implement a strategic strike against the CCP’s minions so that generations of people will realize the cost of standing by and aiding and abetting the CCP’s crimes.

“There are six people arrested by the INS, led by Tang Juan. According to the FBI director’s explanation, there is a Chinese espionage case every ten hours. Officials in key departments are the most important minions of the evil Chinese Communist regime, and as soon as their children are restricted, normal, conscientious people have to consider: Do I want to work for the government? Civilian children can study in the U.S. These powerful people, people with military and police characteristics and their sons and daughters, just can’t get it.”

Students in China who travel to the United States for academic programs that begin on or after August 1 of this year are not subject to the travel restrictions associated with the new crown imposed under the presidential proclamation and may fly directly from the mainland to the United States within thirty days prior to the start of the program, without transit through a third country.

The U.S. Embassy in China resumed visa appointment processing for Chinese students on May 4, with Consul General William Bistransky stating, “Foreign students are welcome in our homes, communities or universities.”

The vast majority of students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields will receive visas, but some students from high-tech backgrounds will still require additional screening. Last May former U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a moratorium and restrictions on the issuance of F and J visas related to Communist China’s military development, a policy the Biden administration has not reinterpreted or repealed.

Chinese students account for about 35 percent of all international students in the United States and brought in $15.9 billion in economic contributions last academic year. The American Council on Education (ACE) cited a study that said the overall positive impact from international students dropped by $1.8 billion from $40.5 billion the previous year for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.

Wu warned that the U.S. should impose disciplinary restrictions on Chinese students and scrutinize social media records over five years, “During the anti-sending of China in Hong Kong, overseas Chinese students were basically part of the little pinkos, cursing Hong Kong people and spreading Communist Party ideology. Such people should be strictly controlled! They should come to learn the advanced democracy and legal system in the United States, study values, reshape morality, and transform China into a free and democratic society. Instead, they should learn natural science, help the Chinese Communist Party become powerful, and in turn suppress the people.”

U.S. Continues to Sanction Chinese Communist Party Officials for Human Rights Violations

On May 12, the U.S. State Department released its 2020 Annual International Religious Freedom Report, which includes references to China including the persecution of 83 Falun Gong practitioners to death; more than 6,000 arrests and torture; and more than 600 sentences. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced sanctions against Yu Hui, the former director of the “610” office in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, and banned his immediate family from entering the United States.

However, the more than 10 rounds of sanctions imposed on U.S. officials over the past four years have only unearthed the tip of the iceberg. Lai Jianping pointed out, “Not to mention the others, let’s say Gao Zhisheng, who has not been seen alive and dead for so many years. Hitler Nazis took people to concentration camps and a list. There are still many people in the country who do not know how to die. It should be the head of the local government or the highest authority of the Ministry of Public Security ordered that the United States has a moral responsibility and should catch a typical. There are also Xu Zhiyong, Ding Jiaxi, and Guo Quan.”

Most of the officials currently sanctioned are involved in the persecution of Hong Kong people, Xinjiang people, Falun Gong practitioners, and other groups, concentrating on visa sanctions, freezing of property and prohibition of transactions in the U.S., and secondary financial sanctions.

The U.S. suspended the issuance of B1, B2, B1/B2, F1, F2, J1 and J2 visas to the following Chinese Communist Party officials: Deputy Director of the Immigration Bureau (including the Immigration Bureau) or equivalent rank and above, spouses and children under the age of 21; consular notification for active duty personnel of the State Supervisory Commission, the Ministry of State Security, and the Ministry of Public Security, spouses and children under the age of 30 (online photo)