After trade war and pandemic, China and the U.S. step up fight over journalism
Beijing is invoking matters ranging from McCarthyism to the war in Iraq amid a deterioration in relations that has been exacerbated by, but is not limited to, the coronavirus outbreak.
“We deplore and reject the erroneous move by the U.S. side, which is an escalation of its political suppression of Chinese media,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Monday. He was responding to news that the Department of Homeland Security would publish a notice in the Federal Register on Monday stating that visas for all mainland Chinese journalists would be limited to 90 days, although they could apply for extensions.
“The U.S., entrenched in a Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice, has launched one round of suppression after another against Chinese media agencies,” Zhao told reporters in Beijing.
The world’s two biggest economies, having already fought a trade war before becoming mired in a pandemic, have this year been at loggerheads over journalism. The tit-for-tat measures have forced 60 Chinese journalists working for state media outlets to leave the …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]