U.S. Cuts Duration of Chinese Journalist Visas, Escalating Clash Over News Media
What’s new: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a new rule Friday that will limit the validity of Chinese journalist visas to 90 days, with an option for extension, according to a document filed to the Federal Register. The change, which takes effect Monday, aims to “achieve greater reciprocity” in how each country treats journalists from the other. The change will not affect journalists from China’s two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao.
The background: China and the U.S. have been engaged in a tit-for-tat media war this year amid rising tensions on multiple fronts, including trade, the South China Sea and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Washington’s latest tightening of the visa rules for Chinese journalists came after Beijing expelled American journalists from three major U.S. newspapers on March 18. The expulsions were regarded as a response to the U.S.’ decision on March 2 to limit the number of staff that five Chinese state-owned media outlet have in the U.S.
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