Experts say visa bans reduce chance of breakthrough in US-China talks

Shipping containers from China and other Asian countries are unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California on Sept 14, 2019. PHOTO: AFP
Shipping containers from China and other Asian countries are unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California on Sept 14, 2019. PHOTO: AFP

Washington's announcement of a visa ban for Chinese officials linked to mass detentions of Muslims in Xinjiang - on the eve of a new round of trade talks - is a now-familiar tactic of raising the pressure in the hope that Beijing will make concessions.

But applying such leverage only reduces the already slim chance of any breakthrough when Vice-Premier Liu He meets his US trade counterparts - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer - today, Chinese experts said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 10, 2019, with the headline 'Experts say US move reduces chance of talks breakthrough'. Print Edition | Subscribe