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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Wall Street Journal said the journalists were ordered to leave China in five days China has ordered three foreign journalists of the Wall Street Journal to leave the country over an opinion piece it said was “racist”.The article published on 3 February criticised the country’s response to the…

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The Wall Street Journal said the journalists were ordered to leave China in five days

China has ordered three foreign journalists of the Wall Street Journal to leave the country over an opinion piece it said was “racist”.The article published on 3 February criticised the country’s response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak.The Chinese foreign ministry said it had asked the newspaper to apologise several times but it had declined.The newspaper said the journalists – who had not written the opinion piece – were given five days to leave China.The article called the authorities’ initial response “secretive and self-serving” and said global confidence in China had been “shaken”.China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the article was “racist” and “denigrated” China’s efforts to combat the outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people in the country.”The Chinese people do not welcome media that publish racist statements and maliciously attacks China,” Mr Geng said, without naming the journalists being expelled.The Wall Street Journal identified the reporters as two US citizens – Josh Chin, who is the deputy bureau chief, and Chao Deng – as well as Australian citizen Philip Wen. The newspaper has not yet commented.It is the first time in more than two decades that journalists holding valid credentials have been ordered to leave China, the BBC’s John Sudworth in Beijing reports.The Foreign Correspondents Club of C
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