The Chinese government has asked the United States to lift the visa limit for journalists approved last week “immediately”, otherwise it reserves the right to retaliate, which it has not specified.
State Department spokesman Zhao Lijian condemned the move at a press conference he cited as an example of “political oppression,” according to the Xinhua news agency. If Washington doesn’t back off, Beijing will “take action,” it warned.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a 90-day journalist visa restriction on Friday, citing the “crackdown on independent journalism” in the Asian giant as the reason. The permit can be extended for three months at a time.
The Donald Trump administration has therefore criticized the Chinese regime, which accused several journalists of expelling American newspapers in March. In February, the United States government designated five Chinese public media as foreign agents.