Visa bans further escalates US-China confrontation: Experts

Shipping containers from China and other Asian countries are unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California on Sept 14, 2019.
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 visa bans 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 hopes 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 - on Thursday (Oct 10), Chinese experts said.

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