WORLD China urges the US to immediately correct its mistakes in suppressing Chinese journalists

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China urges the US to immediately correct its mistakes in suppressing Chinese journalists

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21:10, August 06, 2020

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China will take necessary and legitimate measures to safeguard its legitimate rights if the US continues political suppression on Chinese journalists in the US, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin at a regular press conference on Thursday.

The regulation issued by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which took effect on May 8, has limited visas for Chinese reporters to a 90-day period, with an option for extensions. As their visas are to expire on August 6, Wang stressed that so far no Chinese journalists in the United States have had their application for visa renewal approved.

According to Wang, the US has been escalating its suppression of Chinese media due to a cold war mentality and ideological prejudice. The US moves have seriously disrupted Chinese media's normal reporting in the US, damaged the reputation of Chinese media and hindered bilateral cultural exchanges.

“While advocating media freedom, the US interferes with and obstructs normal coverage by Chinese media in the country, which exposes its hypocrisy, double standards and hegemonic bullying,” said Wang.

He repeated that the US has caused and is responsible for the current situation. The US shall immediately correct its mistakes and stop the political suppression on Chinese media and journalists. The legitimate rights and interests of Chinese journalists in the US shall not be infringed upon and normal reporting activities shall not be affected.

“If the US is bent on going down the wrong path and doubles down on its mistakes, China will take necessary and legitimate measures to safeguard its legitimate rights,” he added.

(Compiled by Luo Dantong)

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