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Rep. Bera Statement on China Expulsion of American Journalists from Major American Newspapers

Today, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation Chairman Ami Bera released the following statement, following the Chinese government’s decision to expel American journalists from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post from China, including Hong Kong and Macao:

“This is an outrageous move on behalf of the Chinese government. Journalists have the right and duty to work and report in every country. I have supported greater transparency and global health cooperation between the United States and China, particularly in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. But these latest actions undermine trust between our two countries.  They are especially alarming in light of reports on the disappearance of Ren Zhiqiang, a Chinese Communist party member who criticized the Chinese response to COVID-19. I hope the Chinese government will reverse course immediately.”

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