Chinese diplomats in the United States will have to notify US authorities before meeting with US officials.
Official visits to "educational and research institutions" such as schools and universities must also be pre-registered, the state department said.
China says US violates international rules ̵
The move comes against the backdrop of heightened tension between the two sides.
What did the US say? The
rules will apply to "official meetings with public officials, official meetings with local and municipal officials, official visits to educational institutions and official visits to research institutes," the State Department said.
An official stated that the US was simply "leveling the playing field" with China and that this was in response to Chinese restrictions on US diplomats.
"In China, American diplomats do not have unlimited access to a number of people who are important to us. work here.
"In contrast, [Chinese] US diplomats are, of course, able to take full advantage of our open society," said a senior State Department official.
US officials stated that Chinese diplomats did not need permission for the meetings but were obliged to notify the State Department in advance.
The eventual goal, the official said, would be "these requirements and the requirements for US diplomats in China [to] both to be dissolved."
How did China respond?
In a statement Thursday, the Chinese Embassy in the United States called the new rules "a violation of the Vienna Convention".
"The Chinese side does not have similar requirements for US diplomats and consular officers in China," he insists. USA. "
What is the Vienna Convention?
The Vienna Convention is an agreement, which outlines the rules of diplomatic relations.
According to this convention, diplomats
The Convention also states that the receiving State "will not differentiate between States".
What is the origin of this?
trade war, imposing tariffs on billions in value of each commodity to others over the past year.
However, a State Department official said the new decision was not "directly related" to the trade war with China.
US President Donald Trump has long accused China of unfair commercial practices and theft of intellectual property. While in China, there is a perception that the US is trying to curb its rise.