The US is rejecting Chinese accusations of using the withholding of visas as a weapon following the reported inability of a top Chinese space program official to obtain permission to travel to a major conference in Washington.
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that the US rejects the Chinese foreign ministry’s “unfounded and baseless characterization” of US visa policies toward China following the dispute over this week’s International Astronautical Congress.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Wednesday accused the US of having “weaponized” the issuance of visas in violation of international norms.
Reports said the vice chairman of the China National Space Administration, Wu Yanhua, had planned to attend the congress but wasn’t issued a visa.
Wu is also a leading official overseeing China’s arms industry.
China resolutely opposes US Vice President’s comments on Hong KongChina on Friday said it is extremely indignant about a speech by US Vice President ... World News
Pence backs Hong Kong protests in China speech, slams NBA and NikeUS Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday accused China of curtailing “rights ... Sports
China says US has ‘weaponized’ visas to target exchangesChina is accusing the US of having “weaponized” the issuing of visas ... World News