China vows to retaliate over US actions against Chinese media, journalists

Cheryl Sanders
August 5, 2020

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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 earlier USA journalists based in Hong Kong would be among those targeted should Chinese journalists be forced to leave the United States.

China will take retaliatory measures if all Chinese journalists based in the United States are forced to leave the country, including targeting U.S. journalists in Hong Kong, Global Times Editor in Chief Hu Xijin said on Tuesday.

In December 2018, the USA demanded Chinese media organizations with offices in the register as "foreign agents", said Wang, adding that since 2018, the United States has denied visa applications for more than 20 US -based Chinese journalists without cause.

"The U.S. has been escalating its actions against Chinese journalists", Wang told reporters.

The Chinese regime closed the USA consulate in Chengdu city, Sichuan Province in retaliation.

The U.S. State Department has cited concerns over the legitimacy of the new outlets, declaring they are "substantially owned or effectively controlled" by the Chinese government.

In early March, the State Department slashed the number of Chinese journalists allowed to work in the United States from 160 to 100.

Webin told reporters Friday that no extensions have been granted, which means their visas will expire Thursday.

The discussion on the so-called phase-one deal, led by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, would take place on or around August 15, six months after the agreement took effect, as directed in the text of the accord, the people said. "Such a two-faced behavior exposed its hypocrisy in so-called freedom of press, nothing short of double standards and hegemonic bullying", he also said.

"I want to tell you that the HKSAR [Hong Kong special administrative region] is part of China's territory".

The U.S. actions followed Beijing's decision in February to revoke the press credentials of three Wall Street Journal reporters, over an opinion article calling China the "real sick man of Asia"-though none of the three expelled journalists were involved in writing the article".

The Trump administration has condemned China's lack of transparency surrounding COVID-19, along with the recent security laws that breached Hong Kong's regional autonomy.

"While priding itself on freedom of press, the US now obstructs the Chinese media from doing their job".

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