China defends issuing short-term permits to foreign journalists at US outlets; press groups express alarm
China defends issuing short-term permits to foreign journalists at US outlets; press groups express alarm

China’s foreign ministry spokesperson has defended a delay in renewing the press cards of some foreign journalists at US media organisations, saying Beijing would cooperate in return for fair treatment for its own reporters in the United States.At least five reporters at four outlets – including CNN, the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg – have been issued letters valid for two months in lieu of renewal of the press cards associated with their visas which allow them to work in the country. These are normally valid for a year.The letters expire in the same week as the US presidential election o…

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