Shanghai: 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 US side hasn’t renewed visa of Chinese journalists, Chinese side has prepared for the worst scenario that all Chinese journalists have to leave the US,” Hu said on Twitter. “If that’s the case, Chinese side will retaliate, including targeting US journalists based in HK.”
The Global Times is published by the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party.
The United States limits the visa period for Chinese journalists in China to 90 days, with an option to extend it, which will take effect from May 11. It is not clear how many Chinese journalists were affected, or how many people might need to leave if their visas were not approved. Extension.
The two countries have exchanged several tit-for-tat actions involving journalists in recent months, and the United States has designated a number of media supported by the Chinese government or the Communist Party 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.