What True Reciprocity for U.S. and Chinese Diplomats Would Look Like

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, May 6, 2011 (AP photo by Andy Wong).
The U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, May 6, 2011 (AP photo by Andy Wong).

It’s not every day that one gets a chance to assess a Trump administration decision made on what looks like solid foreign policy principles. But unexpectedly last week, the State Department announced that it had established new rules governing the activities of Chinese diplomats posted to the United States. The changes require Chinese envoys to notify the State Department in advance of “official meetings with representatives of states, local and municipal governments; official visits to educational institutions and official visits to research institutions” in the U.S. Since the rationale given for this measure was reciprocity, meaning that Washington claims to […]

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