China to limit US journalists from three main newspapers

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China has successfully expelled journalists from three US newspapers in retaliation for restrictions on its information retailers within the US.

Its overseas ministry ordered reporters from the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal to return media passes inside 10 days.

The ministry additionally demanded details about their operations in China.

The measures have been in response to “unwarranted restrictions on Chinese media agencies” within the US, it stated.

Earlier this month, the Trump administration imposed limits on the variety of Chinese residents who might work as journalists within the US – the most recent transfer in a tit-for-tat row over press freedoms.

“What the US has done is exclusively targeting Chinese media organisations, and hence driven by a Cold War mentality and ideological bias,” China’s overseas ministry stated in an announcement on Tuesday.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Beijing to rethink its choice, calling the transfer “unfortunate”.

“I regret China’s decision today to further foreclose the world’s ability to conduct the free press operations that, frankly, would be really good for the Chinese people in these incredibly challenging global times, where more information, more transparency are what will save lives,” Mr Pompeo stated.

Great loss for Chinese journalism

Zhaoyin Feng, BBC Chinese

All overseas correspondents in China are required to resume their press credentials yearly, which normally occurs on the yr finish.

This means most American reporters of the three US main publications have an expiring visa and might want to go away China underneath the brand new guidelines. We do not know the precise variety of affected journalists but, however it’s believed to be near a dozen.

The expulsions will result in a significant personnel loss in these three media organisations’ China operation, particularly for the Wall Street Journal, which had already seen three reporters expelled from China final month.

Critics say it is a fair higher loss for China, because the draconian measures come at a time when the nation and the remainder of the world want high-quality journalism on China greater than ever.

It’s nonetheless unclear whether or not the US publications can ship new correspondents, American residents or not, to fill within the positions in China.

In the midst of a harmful pandemic, the world’s two superpowers are locked in an escalating battle with a number of fronts. By combating over media, the origin of the coronavirus, and know-how and commerce, the US and China are competing to show the prevalence of their very own political mannequin.

At the start of March, the US state division stated 5 media retailers, together with China’s official information company Xinhua, can be required to scale back their complete variety of employees to 100 from 160.

The transfer was seen as retaliation for China’s expulsion of two US journalists for the Wall Street Journal over a coronavirus editorial in February.

The row over media entry is the most recent episode in an more and more acrimonious dispute between China and the US.

Disagreements over commerce, mental property rights and 5G networks have broken relations in recent times.

The coronavirus pandemic has been a supply of stress too, with Washington and Beijing each accusing one another of spreading misinformation.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump angered China by referring to the coronavirus as “Chinese”.

A overseas ministry spokesman accused the US of stigmatising China, the place the primary circumstances of Covid-19 have been recorded within the metropolis of Wuhan in late 2019.

However, final week a Chinese overseas ministry spokesman shared a conspiracy principle, alleging the US Army had introduced it to the area.

The unfounded accusation led Mr Pompeo to demand China cease spreading “disinformation” because it tried “to shift blame” for the outbreak.

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