The United States on Monday issued additional visa restrictions on Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuse and accused its ‘authoritarian rulers’ of imposing draconian restrictions on people’s freedoms of expression. In a statement, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that the United States has been clear that perpetrators of human rights abuses like these (China) are not welcome in the country.

Pompeo said that the action demonstrates the US government’s decision to hold the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accountable for its increasing repressive activities against the Chinese people

Pompeo said that the US stands with the many individuals who have been persecuted by the Chinese rulers for their peaceful efforts to exercise their rights. He named many lawyers including Xu Zhiyong, house church pastors such as Wang Yi, civil society activists such as Huang Qi, Uyghur academics such as Ilham Tohti, democracy advocates like Jimmy Lai, and Tibetan linguists and businesspeople such as Tashi Wangchuk, who have been imprisoned in China.