China vows to re­tal­i­ate if US forces out jour­nal­ists

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

SHANG­HAI (Reuters) — 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.

“Given that the U.S. side hasn’t re­newed visa of Chi­nese jour­nal­ists, Chi­nese side has pre­pared for the worst sce­nario that all Chi­nese jour­nal­ists have to leave the U.S.,” Hu said on Twit­ter. “If that’s the case, Chi­nese side will re­tal­i­ate, in­clud­ing tar­get­ing U.S. jour­nal­ists based in HK.”

The Global Times news­pa­per is pub­lished by the Peo­ple’s Daily, the of­fi­cial news­pa­per of China’s rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party.

The United States lim­ited visas for Chi­nese jour­nal­ists in the coun­try to 90 days, with an op­tion for ex­ten­sion, ef­fec­tive May 11.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear how many Chi­nese jour­nal­ists have been af­fected or how many may be re­quired to leave if their visas are not ex­tended.

The two coun­tries have al­ready ex­changed sev­eral tit-for-tat ac­tions in­volv­ing jour­nal­ists in re­cent months, with the U.S. des­ig­nat­ing mul­ti­ple Chi­nese state or Com­mu­nist Party-backed me­dia as for­eign em­bassies.

China has also ex­pelled U.S. jour­nal­ists for three U.S. news­pa­pers — New York Times, Wall Street Jour­nal and the Wash­ing­ton Post — this year and has threat­ened to match any fur­ther ac­tions by the U.S. against Chi­nese jour­nal­ists.

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