" 1/ i'd be shocked to hear that the other first world countries, like australia, canada, or the uk, didn't also charge high-risk countries like and including China more than people from other countries who have a better track record at obeying the terms and conditions of their visa. however, china singles out the USA (only) and charges us double to four times the "local" price. China just has a "thing" for the USA.
2/ the point remains the same: the USA makes it more difficult for Chinese to get visas not because it doesn't like Chinese and wants to teach them who is the master, but because it has traditionally been (and still is) Chinese people who lie and break our laws. They sneak through the US border controls in boats, overland through central america and canada, and by lying through their teeth in front of the passport control officer when they enter by plane, saying that they are not here to work illegally in our country when, in fact, they are. (Not all, obviously, but more than a few) When was the last time we read about a boatload full of Americans being arrested trying to enter China, or being deported by the hundreds working at jobs that local people could easily fill?
When Americans and Chinese are equal in this respect, then, and only then do I think China is justified in charging Americans when Chinese are charged. The way it stands now, however, China just acts like a big baby and a sore loser."
How do you feel about China charging Americans high visa fees?