The Trump administration is considering banning travel to the United States by all members of the Chinese Communist Party and their families, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
This move that could worsen already-tense U.S.-China relations. Senior officials discussing the matter have begun circulating a draft of a possible presidential order, but deliberations are at an early stage and the issue has not yet been brought to President Donald Trump, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The discussions center on whether to deny U.S. visas to potentially tens of millions of Chinese and was first reported by the New York Times. This would be perhaps Washington’s toughest action yet in a widening feud with Beijing that some have likened to a new Cold War.
U.S. officials across multiple federal agencies are taking part in the process, which has also included consideration of whether to block the children of Communist Party members from attending American colleges and universities, the source told Reuters.
Relations between the world’s two largest economies have sunk to the lowest point in decades.
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