- In considering an entry ban that could affect up to 300 million Chinese, Washington is trying to drive a wedge between the people and the regime
- Ironically, since Xi Jinping came to power, such a tactic has become less likely to succeed
“The leadership of the Communist Party of China is the defining feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics.” On July 15, the QiushiJournal, one of the party’s leading mouthpieces, published under this title a collection of excerpts from President Xi Jinping’s speeches and reports from 2013 to 2019.
Among other things, it said that the greatest strength of China’s socialist system was the party’s leadership and that the party was the highest force for political leadership, Xinhua reported. “The party exercises overall leadership over all areas of endeavour in every part of the country.
”On the same day, The New York Times published a bombshell report online saying that Washington was considering banning Communist Party members and their families from the United States. Such a sweeping ban could put as many as 300 million Chinese nationals under a cloud and prevent them from setting foot in the country.
The timing of the two reports published on the same day may be purely coincidental but their implications have added another dimension to the already-tense China-US relationship, which has been in a tailspin over the past year.