China announced it will expel journalists from three US media outlets, in a major escalation of tensions with Washington.
The decision, effective immediately, requires US nationals working for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal to return their press accreditation within 10 days, if their credentials expire before the end of 2020. In recent years, China has issued journalists with limited 12-month visas. It is not clear how many journalists will be affected.
In an unprecedented move, the government said that as well as being barred from conducting reporting in mainland China, they will also not be allowed to do so in the semi-autonomous Macao or Hong Kong, preferred destinations for journalists previously blocked by Beijing.
The decision comes less than a month after the US designated five Chinese state media outlets as “foreign missions” and capped the number of Chinese journalists working for those outlets in the United States.