Effective January of 2021 the Chinese Government notified all airlines operating in China to suspend all flights to and from Hong Kong. Why was this done? There are many reports that the Chinese people do not like the “Beijing Olympics” –how the Chinese government is promoting it. They are also upset because they did not get the promises that were made during the Beijing Olympics that there would be no more ethnic cleansing. Many citizens are upset because the Olympic Games turned into a farce with many sports events canceled and the Olympic torch was even stolen by Chinese government agents.
Some of the other reasons as to why the Chinese Government decided to impose these travel restrictions is their fear of infiltration by international terrorists. Many people who travel to China or anywhere in the world for that matter, do so to study, work, or visit family and friends. International terrorists are very well skilled at concealing their intentions while traveling from one country to another. In addition, China is becoming increasingly isolated and this is leading to unfortunate consequences in many areas of the world. Especially, trade relations between the U.S. and China are being strained at times and this will have a negative impact on both countries.
As I mentioned above, the Beijing Olympics was considering a farce and this caused a lot of resentment with the Chinese population. Not to mention that the Chinese Government imposed an import/export goods ban on most South Korean automobiles. Their rationale: The cars were coming from North Korea. This prompted millions of North Korean residents to migrate to the southern parts of China.
Many Chinese students have also been detained and prevented from traveling abroad to study in different colleges in the U.S.A. because they were denied visas due to what Chinese officials called “state sponsored tourism.” In fact, if you are currently a student you may already have experience with this. Recently, I was advised by a very successful entrepreneur that there are six to seven ways for entrepreneurs to get a non-immigrant visa to China and live there. The six to seven options are as follows: a business visa, business visitor visa, investment visa, property resource guest worker visa, and other specialized immigration type. This entrepreneur told me that many entrepreneurs have experienced everything from a business visa delay to having their assets seized when applying for investment visas.
On 4 November, just two days before Chinese New Year began, China’s State Council issued a new policy regarding foreign businessmen who intend to set up companies in China. The policy states that all foreign businessmen wishing to start a business in China will need to apply for a Chinese Business License (either an SBA or non-SBA). Upon approval, the entrepreneur will be required to register his business with the local Chinese embassy. Failure to do so could result in the cancellation of the entrepreneur’s Chinese business license. Failure to register could also lead to the blocking of capital transfers out of the country.
On November, the British ambassador to China took issue with a news article in the state-owned People’s Daily Online that described the Chinese government’s reaction to the UK’s decision to lift its travel ban on China. The ambassador, Mark Walport, publicly accused the British government of “hypocrisy” because it is the UK that imposes tough trade sanctions on China without consulting with the Chinese government. According to Walport, “I think that the Chinese government now realizes that they have a lot to lose in coming down hard on the British, and that’s probably why they’ve been taking this kind of a tough stance.” The ambassador added that he believed the British move was part of a British “lack of willingness to deal with China as a nation.” A spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Britain responded by saying that the Chinese government would closely observe any measures taken by the British to restrict visits by British citizens to China.
The same day, the European Commission released a statement saying that it was working “in coordination” with the United States and United Kingdom on measures to implement the new US-Chinese trade agreement. The European Commission stressed that it was not a signatory to the WTO’s free trade agreement, and that it was reviewing its own trade policies in the wake of the US-UK deal. Other signatories to the agreement include Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and the European Union. In addition to the US and the EU, signatories to the covid-19 include the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the European Central European Union, the European Free Trade Association, the European Union, the World Trade Organization, and the United States and other developed countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, and the European Union.
The United States and other developed nations are concerned that China may use the covid-19 free-trade agreement as a weapon to protect its textile industry, which has been one of the primary drivers of the economies of many of these countries. The United States is strongly opposed to China’s efforts to strengthen its textile industry by implementing protectionist measures in international trade. To date, no member state of the WTO has applied for an application extension to the free trade agreement with China based on its attempts to increase its textile industry, which will likely reduce access to the U.S. market for American goods and services.