The United States Accused the Chinese of “Harassing” Foreign Journalists

Journalists stand near a screen as Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a video speech at the opening ceremony of the World Trade in Services Summit at the 2020 China International Trade in Services Fair in Beijing, September 4, 2020.

The two rival superpowers have restricted visas for journalists. The Trump administration unleashed hostilities in 2020 against Chinese media in the United States, in the name of fighting restrictions faced by the foreign press in China.

This policy provoked retaliation from Beijing. The Chinese regime has expelled several journalists from the other country in recent months.

” For decades, China has threatened, harassed and expelled American and foreign journalists ,” criticized US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, quoted in a statement from the US embassy in Beijing.

The last point of friction between the two powers is due to the duration of the accreditations. Washington only grants 90-day visas to Chinese journalists on US soil.

In retaliation, at least five foreign correspondents from four US media (including the Wall Street Journal, CNN television and the Bloomberg agency) were unable to renew their press card, which is essential to exercise, according to the Foreign Correspondents Club in China (FCCC).

These reporters, not necessarily American nationals, received official letters allowing them to continue living and working in China , but they can be revoked at any time.

The United States “works tirelessly” to convince China to allow American journalists to practice the profession normally, Ortagus said.

Chinese authorities expelled a record number of 17 foreign journalists in the first half of 2020 by canceling their press cards , according to the FCCC.

Washington imposed a sharp reduction in the number of Chinese authorized to work for their country’s public media in the United States in March. Since then, 60 Chinese journalists have been forced to leave, according to Beijing.