According to a report released on Wednesday, the White House is prepared to covertly change the requirement that visitors from China undergo a coronavirus test before entering the US.
The Biden administration, according to the Associated Press, has chosen to relax the test requirements as Wuhan virus infections, hospitalizations, and fatalities are decreasing in China and the U.S. has improved its knowledge of the recent rise.
As of January 5, aviation travelers entering the country from China had to show proof of a negative coronavirus test “within two days of their flight from airports in mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong,” according to Breitbart News.
The targeted testing program was implemented in response to President Joe Biden’s accusation that former President Trump’s coronavirus response in 2020 “fanned the fires” of “hate, terror, and xenophobia” against Asian Americans during the outbreak.
At the time, U.S. officials added that the lack of Chinese government transparency regarding the magnitude of the surge and the variants that were circulating within China made the coronavirus testing system imperative to protect American citizens and communities.
Before threatening potential “countermeasures,” China reacted angrily to the entrance limits, saying that Wuhan virus control measures needed to be “proportionate” as well as “science-based.”
A pre-departure coronavirus test requirement and proof of a negative result were slammed by Chinese state media as “discriminatory” and “xenophobic” just 24 hours before the public outcry, according to Breitbart News.
Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang issued a warning earlier on Tuesday, saying Beijing and Washington risked “conflict and confrontation” if the United States didn’t reverse course and soften its public rhetoric against the communist state.