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first_imgSuch a ban, if implemented, could hit the ruling Communist Party from the highest levels down to its rank-and-file and would be certain to draw retaliation against Americans who travel to China. This could include not only diplomats but also business executives, potentially harming US interests in China.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said earlier such action by the United States, if true, would be “pathetic.”US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stopped short of confirming it was under consideration but said: “We’re working our way through, under the president’s guidance, about how to think about pushing back against the Chinese Communist Party.”White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters: “We keep every option on the table with regard to China.” The Trump administration is considering banning travel to the United States by all members of the Chinese Communist Party and their families, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday, a move that would worsen already tense US-China relations.Senior officials discussing the matter have begun circulating a draft of a possible presidential order, but deliberations are at an early stage and the issue has not yet been brought to President Donald Trump, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.The discussions, first reported by the New York Times, center on whether to deny visas to tens of millions of Chinese in what would be one of Washington’s toughest actions yet in a widening feud with Beijing that some have likened to a new Cold War. Relations between the world’s two largest economies have sunk to the lowest point in decades as they clash over China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, its tightening grip on Hong Kong, its disputed claims in the South China Sea, trade and accusations of human rights crimes in Xinjiang.US officials across multiple agencies are involved in the process, which includes consideration of whether to block Communist Party members’ children from attending American universities, said the source, who has been briefed on deliberations.The fact that such a sweeping ban is being discussed shows the lengths to which Trump’s aides may be prepared to go as they make the tough-on-China theme a thrust of his campaign for re-election in November.Trump and prospective Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have competed to outdo each other on which can take the strongest stand against China.Trump’s aides have made the Communist Party a main target for what they call Beijing’s “malign” activities. But Trump has held off on direct criticism of Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom he has praised as a friend.Among the options is to base such a visa moratorium on immigration laws used by the Trump to justify his 2017 travel ban from a group of predominantly Muslim countries, according to the person familiar with the discussions.Trump could also have authority to make exceptions for certain individuals or categories, the source said.One difficulty would be determining which Chinese nationals are party members, since US authorities do not have full lists, the source said. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgLaCROSSE, Wis. – The United Rebel Sprint Series will go to extremes this weekend as they first visit the quarter mile Bullring at the Rush County Fairgrounds in LaCrosse, Kan., on Friday night and then pack up and head to the big half mile at the famed Belleville Highbanks Saturday to fill the card of the Belleville Midget Nationals Championship night.Leading the Rebels into the $500 to win show on Friday will be point leader Steven Richardson out of Liberal, who recently won the first night of the Wheatshocker Nationals in Hays. Looking for their first URSS win of the season will be Plainville’s Jed Werner who sits a mere 20 points be­hind in second and Quinter’s Zach Blurton, only two points behind Werner in third.Oklahoma’s Ty Williams who won in Lexington, Neb., sits fourh with North Platte winner McCook Neb.’s Darren Berry rounding out the top five. As of yet there are no repeat winners this year in the series.The Bullring is one of the drivers’ favorite tracks as it is always immaculately prepared and never disappoints when it comes to wheel-to-wheel action. Races start at 7 p.m.On Saturday. the Rebels will pack up, make a big gear change and head to Belleville to be part of Championship night for the USAC Belleville Midget Nationals.Last year’s winner J.D. Johnson will return to defend his title and will once again try to lay claim to the $2,000 winner’s share with a minimum of $300 to start. Ty Williams will once again return and try to better his last performance there this year, as he was the class of the field as he rim rode on the fence and came from last to third before being involved in a mishap and ending his night.Other hard runners coming will be Blurton who always runs hard at Belleville as do Jed Werner, Brian Herbert and a host of cars from Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Oklahoma.last_img read more