US to require Chinese officials to report American contacts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it will soon require Chinese officials in the U.S. to notify the State Department ahead of any contacts they plan to have with American educators, researchers and local and state governments.

The new rules were unveiled Wednesday, accompanied by notices to American educational and research institutions and local governments informing them of the reporting requirement.

State Department officials say the change reciprocates for similar rules faced by U.S. diplomats in China. But, they said the rules are less onerous than China’s because the Chinese must approve such contacts.

The rules cover all meetings Chinese diplomats have with representatives of state, local and municipal governments and all visits to public and private educational and research institutions, including national laboratories in the U.S. and its territories.

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