Beijing ordered to slash Chinese staff in state media in US


Chinese outlets denounced the personnel caps as a "ridiculous war against Chinese media".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing that the government strongly objects to the Trump administration decision.

Citing the expulsion from China of 3 Wall Street Journal press reporters last month, the FCCC stated Chinese authorities are now "making use of visas as tools versus the worldwide press", either declining to restore job visas as when it comes to the Journal's Chun Han Wong in August, or providing "severely truncated visas" to resident reporters.

The record discovered that 82 percent of participants that replied to its study had actually experienced disturbance, harassment or physical violence while coverage in China, while 44 percent stated electronic and also physical security issues had actually influenced their capability to perform reporting tasks, consisting of calling resources and also doing meetings.

He was referring to USA visa restrictions on Chinese reporters and media outlets that led to the expulsion of 60 Chinese personnel from the 2018.

It was the biggest group expulsion in three decades, when China expelled foreign journalists in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. By contrast, the number of American journalists working in China is in the dozens.

Zhao said the United States had rejected and delayed issuance of visa to Chinese journalists since 2018 to restrict their going to the United States, and at least 21 Chinese journalists have been denied visa since previous year. "So, this is not linked to any one particular incident", he said, but added that the expulsion of Journal reporters was a "fairly egregious" example.

In addition to the cap on personnel, the administration is imposing a "duration of stay" addendum to visas that Chinese obtain to work in the journalists, which means they will be required to renew the permits periodically.

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"Our goal is reciprocity", said Pompeo.

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The US state department said it was hearing of increasing harassment and surveillance of American and other foreign journalists in China.

While US officials were aware of the ambiguous missions of such outlets, the view was that openness would encourage more transparency from China.

A senior State Department official said on Monday that these five entities employ approximately 160 Chinese citizens and "the cap will bring this number to 100". China revoked three WSJ reporters' press credentials as a punishment for that outlet's publication of an insulting headline and its refusal to apologize, which is a specific case. The administration has promised to "crackdown" on reporters, even alleging journalists from China had been as bad as Russian Federation journalists during the Cold War. China won't be intimidated and Washington should not think it has more leverage in this game than Beijing. Foreign reporters who violate professional ethics should be subject to punishment regardless of Washington's reaction.

"The Chinese Communist Party kicked out real journalists because their publication reported the facts", Cotton said in a statement.

The U.S. decision comes after the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) published its annual media freedoms report, "Control, Halt, Delete: Reporting in China Under Threat of Expulsion", an in-depth examination of media freedoms in China in 2019.

"The U.S. broke the rules first and China has to respond", Zhao warned.