Former US Ambassador to China John Huntsman was supposed to give a speech in Shanghai before his China visa was denied.
18 October 2012
Former US Ambassador denied China visa
A former US Ambassador to China has been denied a China visa to enter the country.
John Huntsman, who served as Ambassador to China until 2011, had intended to give a speech at the World Money Show in Shanghai but was denied a China visa.
China's ruling Communist Party is about to hold its next leadership change, resulting in a very delicate political situation in the country.
"Why [was the visa denied]? Because I talk too much about human rights and American values, and they know that," said Mr Huntsman.
"At a time of leadership realignment, the biggest deal in 10 years for them, they didn't want the former US ambassador saying stuff that might create a narrative that they would have to fight, and I understand that."
Mr Huntsman claims the group that invited him was pressured by the Chinese government to revoke his invitation.
"I was supposed to be there a month ago giving a speech, but they cancelled my visa. The group that was bringing me in to speak, the organisers, they had a little pressure put on them, shall we say. I think it was pretty overt pressure.
"But when the transition is done, the crazy American ambassador will be let back in and I can say whatever I want."
The Worldwide Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in Chinese visa and immigration services.