Vice President Biden said the United States has “profound disagreements” with China about how it treats U.S. journalists, Mark Landler reports. The vice president was speaking Thursday to business people during his trip to Asia.
Biden expressed that view "at all three of his meetings with China’s top leaders, including President Xi Jinping," David Nakamura reports. Biden also met with journalists Thursday. China "has held up renewing the visas of roughly two dozen correspondents from The Times and Bloomberg after each published investigative articles about the wealth of the families of top Chinese leaders," Landler writes. "Without new visas, the reporters will be forced to leave China, as soon as within the next few weeks."
Nakamura (who was involved in a tussle with Japanese journalists earlier) writes: "Some of the affected journalists expressed hope that with Biden personally lending his weight and potential loss of face to their cause, the chances that their visas would be granted at the last minute would increase." (more...)