Last month, in a meeting between Chinese diplomats and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the Chinese side presented the U.S. a list of “wrongdoings” by the U.S. against China, which they demanded the U.S. put a stop to.
The “wrongdoings” included requirements for Chinese government-linked Confucius Institutes (at American Universities) and Chinese media outlets to register as foreign agents of the Chinese government.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian called on the U.S. to discontinue those “wrongdoings” and cases involving Chinese individuals and entities “as soon as possible.”
“In the list of wrongdoings, China urges the U.S. side to unconditionally revoke visa restrictions on members of the Communist Party of China and their family members, stop suppressing Chinese companies, stop harassing Chinese students overseas, stop attacking the Confucius Institute, remove the registration of Chinese media as foreign agents or foreign missions, and drop the extradition of Meng Wanzhou and so on.”
Meng is the deputy chair and chief financial officer (CFO) of the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei. She was arrested in Canada in December 2018, based on charges filed by the U.S. Department of Justice. Meng has since fought extradition to the U.S. and her prosecution is an ongoing issue for the DOJ.
“In the list of key individual cases that China has concerns with, China expresses its grave concerns over the individual cases including the rejection of visa application of some Chinese students, unfair treatment of Chinese citizens, the harassment and storming of the Chinese embassy and consulates, and the growing anti-Asia, anti-China sentiment in the U.S.”
“China asked the U.S. side to address the cases as soon as possible, and earnestly respect and protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens and institutions.”