The US State Department has placed restrictions on Chinese diplomats, obligating them to request permission before meeting with local officials or institutions. China retaliated by introducing similar measures for American diplomats on its soil.
Two unnamed Chinese diplomats had been told to leave the USA earlier in September, but the demarche came to light after the New York Times reported it on Sunday. A day after the piece was published, Beijing voiced unease over the whole affair.
Beijing has demanded that Washington stop “distorting the facts” after the US accused two Chinese diplomats of spying on a US military base in Norfolk, Virginia, and expelled them, the first such case in decades.
Washington has yet to confirm the Times’ report and address the Chinese concerns. Now, Beijing wants the US to protect foreign diplomats on its soil and “fix their mistakes“.
The officials in question allegedly drove onto the Norfolk base, breached its perimeter, and stopped only after fire trucks blocked their way.
This is a serious distortion of facts, the Chinese side has reprimanded the United States by lodging a protest,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a Monday press briefing, as quoted by TASS.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.