As journalists are made to leave, Hong Kong's global status will suffer

The ongoing journalists’ visa war between the United States and China shows no sign of abating. Rather than easing, it seems headed towar...


The ongoing journalists’ visa war between the United States and China shows no sign of abating. Rather than easing, it seems headed towards its end game.

It began back in February when the US State Department ordered five Chinese news outlets to register as foreign entities and forced them to reduce their staff by roughly 40 percent. Beijing promptly expelled three journalists from the Wall Street Journal, using an op-ed published by the Journal as an excuse even though the journalists had nothing to do with the piece.

Wall Street Journal. File Photo: Jennifer Feuchter, via Flickr.

Since then, the situation has further spiralled downwards, with both sides weaponising journalists’ visas as a way to retaliate against the other’s moves. As the tit-for-tat between Washington and Beijing escalated, journalists found themselves caught in the middle while just trying to do their jobs. As Washington continued imposing restrictions on Chinese journalists in the US, China made moves to expel 17 journalists in the first half of this year, according to the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of China.

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