The departing Trump administration has almost brought an end five cultural-exchange programs with China. The administration says that it were being used for Chinese propaganda and served no benefit to the United States or it’s people.
The terminations follow new visa restrictions. This was done because it was announced by Washington and its limiting stays in the U.S. by members of China’s Communist Party. And this signalled and lead to further problems in the relations with Beijing. This happened in the final weeks of President Donald Trump’s time in office.
Mike Pompeo , who was the Secretary of State said that the exchange programs he ended were fully paid. And it was operated by the Chinese government and mentioned it as “as soft power propaganda tools. They provided carefully choosen and thoughtful access to Chinese Communist Party officials. It was not for the Chinese people, who do not enjoy freedoms of their speech and the assembly, he said in a statement.
The State Department brought a conclusion to the Policymakers Educational China Trip Program, the U.S.-China Friendship Program, the U.S.-China Leadership Exchange Program, the U.S.-China Transpacific Exchange Program and the Hong Kong Educational and Cultural Program. Each of these program allowed the U.S. officials to travel in China at the similar cost as of Beijing’s expense.
Pompeo said that the US welcomes the fair exchange of the cultural Chinese communist parties with their families. The travel documents for them will be valis for one month for 10 years. The Trump administration has taken a lot of protective measures against China as disputes started becoming more over the human rights, the COVID issue and the because of the trade and technology that it affected.
Trumps steps are subjected and have started to be revised after Joe Biden takes the charge of the office and becomes the president in January 2021.
In an interview with CBS News this week, the Director of National Intelligence – John Ratcliffe said that China was the greatest and biggest adversary to the United States.
He also said that they need to recognize China for the threat that they are for their nation. It’s the greatest threat that this country has faced since the country has World War II. He further continued by saying that it was their greatest challenge. Nazi Germany of the Soviet Union said that every generation has got some challenges. And that this generation’s challenge is China’s intention to replace the United States as the world’s superpower and take their place.
The Trump administration took a another huge step against China on Saturday by warning all the investors that they may be passively funding the Chinese military and human rights abuses by owning their very common index funds that include some Chinese companies, with the aim of discouraging pension funds from investing in them.