The trade war between the US and China is producing plenty of news and market reactions ahead of trade talks.
The US State Department has issued visa restrictions on several Chinese officials. The visa restrictions have been implemented over what the State Department describes as a “highly repressive campaign” involving “draconian controls” against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities in China. This US measure came only hours after the Chinese Minister of Commerce issued a statement that warned the US to stay out of Chinese domestic affairs while trade negotiations are underway. “We strongly urge the U.S. to immediately stop making irresponsible remarks on the issue of Xinjiang, stop interfering with the wrong actions of China’s internal affairs, and remove relevant Chinese entities from the list of entities as soon as possible,” one spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said.
The US Commerce Department has also cited the situation in Xinjiang in its decision to add 20 Chinese public security bureaus and eight companies to a trade blacklist. The State Department has not named any of the Chinese officials affected by the visa restrictions. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented that the State Department’s visa restrictions “compliment” the actions taken by the Commerce Department.
While the trade war and the situation in Xinjiang were separate issues, the US State Department’s actions will likely affect trade talks. Trade talks are scheduled to begin on October 10th. Previous trade talks have so far failed to produce meaningful results and the trade war has only escalated thus far.