BEIJING / SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China vowed to retaliate on Tuesday if the United States persists with “hostile actions” against Chinese journalists who may be forced to leave in the coming days if their US visa Is not extended.
FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin speaks during a news conference in Beijing on July 27, 2020. REUTERS / Tingshu Wang
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters at a daily briefing that no Chinese journalist in the United States was allowed visa extension from the United States, limiting his stay to 90 days on May 11 Was an option to expand.
“The US is stepping up its stand against Chinese journalists,” Wang told reporters. “America should rectify its mistake immediately and stop its actions.”
“If the US persists, China will seek a necessary and legitimate response to protect its rights,” he said.
Wang did not say how many Chinese journalists were affected, or what retaliation China might consider, but the editor of China’s Global Times newspaper said that earlier American journalists based in Hong Kong would be among those targeted to Chinese journalists in the United States. Be forced to leave.
“The Chinese side has prepared for the worst scenario that all Chinese journalists will have to leave,” Hu said on Twitter.
“If so, the Chinese side will retaliate, including targeting American journalists based in HK.”
The Global Times is published by the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party.
The two countries, whose relationship has recently deteriorated rapidly on various issues including trade and the novel Coronavirus, have exchanged several tit-to-tat exchanges involving journalists in recent months.
In March, the United States reduced the number of Chinese citizens allowed to operate in the US offices of major Chinese state-owned media from 160 to 100.
China has this year expelled American journalists working for three US newspapers – the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post – and has threatened to counter any US action against Chinese journalists.
Reporting by Yu Lun Tian in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Writing by C. Young Lee; Editing by Gerry Doyle, Robert Birsel