lørdag 21. mars 2020

Increasingly powerful, Xi's China believes it no longer needs Washington – or its foreign reporters

Beijing’s decision to throw out correspondents from America’s most influential newspapers is, on one level, just part of a muscular tit-for-tat between the US and China over how to manage journalists stationed in each country. In an announcement that caught the newspapers by surprise, the Foreign Ministry said US journalists at the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post whose press cards ran out this year would be expelled.

Beijing was retaliating, the ministry said, for Washington’s decision earlier this year to cut the number of Chinese journalists working for state media outlets in the US and force them to register as government entities. But the expulsions are much more than the tit-for-tat actions that have characterised the crumbling superpower relationship over the past two years, over everything from tariffs to military exercises and now the media.