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US to Bar Entry to Chinese Navy Officials, Business Execs Involved in Militarizing South China Sea

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US to Bar Entry to Chinese Navy Officials, Business Execs Involved in Militarizing South China Sea

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The United States will bar entry to Chinese executives, navy officials, and others involved in Beijing’s military aggression in the disputed South China Sea region, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Jan. 14. The move is the latest in a flurry of actions made in the final days of President Donald Trump’s term, targeting the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) transgressions around the world. The State Department will impose visa restrictions on Chinese individuals involved in militarizing outposts in the South China Sea, or Beijing’s “use of coercion against Southeast Asian claimants to inhibit their access to offshore resources” in the region, Pompeo said in a statement. Among those who will be impacted by the restrictions are executives of Chinese state-owned companies, CCP officials, and officials in the Chinese navy. Their immediate family members may also be affected. Similar visa restrictions were announced last August, though the State Department did …

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