this”, in the form of an incomplete and inaccurate understanding of China by barring scholars wh
o have great familiarity with US politics and policymaking and have the ear of Chinese officials.
Douglas H. Paal, vice-president of the Asia Program at the Carn
egie Endowment for International Peace, said it appears that the scholars who best unders
tand the US and communicate well with China’s leaders are being denied visas or threatened with denial.
“I don’t see how this is in America’s interest,” Paal said.
Some US media have mentioned that China also denies visas to
US academics, but Taylor and Paal said that has not been
their experience when applying for Chinese visas to visit China for academic exchanges.
In a news conference on Thursday, when asked if China rejected a visa application fr
om an adviser to US President Donald Trump, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang
said Chinese embassies and consulates overseas always handle visa applications according to law.
China welcomes cultural exchanges between China and the US an
d will actively promote mutual understanding between the two countries, Lu said.