Taiwan's foreign minister invites US reporters expelled by China

Beijing cracked down on Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times

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Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (screengrab from MOFA's Twitter account) 

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (screengrab from MOFA's Twitter account) 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Saturday (March 28) tweeted an invitation to three major U.S. newspapers to station correspondents in Taiwan after they were expelled from China.

All reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal working in China will lose their accreditation by the end of the year. Beijing emphasized on March 18 that they would also not be allowed to work in Hong Kong, Reuters reported.

In response, the Taiwanese foreign minister said the island nation would be more welcoming to international news services.

“As @nytimes, @WSJ & @washingtonpost face intensifying hostility in #China, I’d like to welcome you to be stationed in #Taiwan – a country that is a beacon of freedom & democracy. Yes! You’ll find people here greeting you with open arms & lots of genuine smiles,” Wu tweeted.

China criticized the U.S. for forcing journalists for Chinese state media register as staff of diplomatic missions, and it expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters after the newspaper published an opinion piece describing the communist country as the “real sick man of Asia.”

On March 24, the publishers of the three affected U.S. agencies issued an open letter asking Beijing to reconsider its crackdown in the light of the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters reported.