US global image to suffer from govt shutdown


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US global image to suffer from govt shutdown


Source: Global Times    Published: 2018-1-22

Though the US government shutdown will not affect visa services, it will reduce expectations of US President Donald Trump getting reelected and erode global credit and image of the US, as it has failed to "manage domestic affairs."

The US government shutdown took effect on Friday after Democrats and Republicans, locked in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security, failed to agree on a last-minute deal to fund government operations, Reuters reported.

It shows that the US Congress and Trump`s administration remain highly polarized on some issues, and the current administration cannot manage the divergence that has brought trouble to US citizens, experts said.

Consular services continue to function during the lapse in congressional appropriations and the appointment scheduling systems for both visas and American Citizens Services remain open and applications are being processed, a US Embassy spokesperson told the Global Times in an email.

Activities related to national security and human safety or the protection of property, and the military, law enforcement, and air traffic control will continue, the spokesperson said.

The incident will affect the credit of the US political system and the country`s global image,  Li Haidong, a professor at China Foreign Affairs University, told the Global Times.

The shutdown will leave the impression that the US government "cannot handle its internal affairs" and also reduce expectations of Trump`s reelection, said Wang Yiwei, a professor at the Renmin University of China.

Wang Yiwei is a senior fellow of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China.