The Trump administration is considering banning travel to the United States by all members of the Chinese Communist Party and their families, according to staff members of his inner circle, a move that would worsen already tense US-China relations.
Beijing has virtually walled itself off to outsiders with drastic measures to protect China's seat of power against the threat of a second wave of coronavirus infections from other regions. After largely getting the outbreak under control, China has banned foreigners from entering the country as authorities fret over an increase in cases imported from abroad - though most have been Chinese citizens.
In the short space of two weeks, China has announced and now voted with near unanimous approval to amend the country’s constitution and give the party state’s powerful leader Xi Jinping a mandate to stay in office indefinitely. On Sunday, a controversial amendment to scrap a two-term limit on the office of the president was approved along with 20 other changes.
China has entered a new era where it should take centre stage in the world, President Xi Jinping says. The country's rapid progress under socialism with Chinese characteristics shows there is a new choice for other countries, he told the Communist Party congress.