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US Tightens Visa Rules for Chinese Journalists Amid CCP Virus Tensions

WASHINGTON—The United States issued a new rule on May 8 tightening visa guidelines for Chinese journalists, saying it was in response to the treatment of U.S. journalists in China, a shift that comes amid tensions between the two nations over the CCP virus global pandemic.

The United States and the Chinese communist regime have been engaged in a series of retaliatory actions involving journalists in recent months.

In March, the Chinese regime expelled American journalists from three U.S. newspapers, a month after the United States said it would begin to treat five Chinese state-run media entities with U.S. operations the same as foreign embassies. One day after the U.S. verdict on the state-run entities, Beijing expelled three Wall Street Journal correspondents, two Americans and an Australian.

In issuing the new regulation on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security cited what it called the Chinese regimes “suppression of independent journalism.”

The regulation, which will take effect on Monday, will limit visas for Chinese reporters to a 90-day period, with the option for extension. Such visas are typically open-ended and do not need to be extended unless the employee moves to a different company or medium.

A senior DHS official, who requested anonymity to discuss the matter, said the new rules would allow the department to review Chinese journalist visa applications more frequentRead More From Source