fredag 11. september 2020

China, U.S. trade attacks after paper refuses to carry envoy's op-ed

China and the United States traded attacks about who best understands press freedom as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticised the official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party for refusing to carry an op-ed by the U.S. ambassador. The strongly worded comments from both sides come amid rapidly deteriorating relations between the world’s two largest economies ahead of November’s U.S. presidential election, with arguments over trade, human rights and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The People’s Daily’s response once again exposes the Chinese Communist Party’s fear of free speech and serious intellectual debate – as well as Beijing’s hypocrisy when it complains about lack of fair and reciprocal treatment in other countries,” Pompeo said in a statement late on Wednesday. The refusal by the People’s Daily comes after a U.S. decision to revoke more than 1,000 visas of Chinese nationals this week, and as both countries restrict or revoke visas for each others’ journalists.