From the trade war between the U.S. and China to the media war today, tension continues to rise between the two countries with Hu Xijin (胡錫進), Global Times (環球時報) editor-in-chief, posting on Weibo on Tuesday that as the U.S. still refuses to renew the visas of Chinese journalists, China is prepared for the worst and will definitely “retaliate fiercely” if any of its journalists in the U.S. are forced to leave the country.
According to the post, Hu wrote that after expelling more than 60 journalists from China and shortening their visas to three months, the U.S. is likely to drag out the process of issuing visas so those remaining journalists will have no choice but to leave or risk overstaying illegally.
With only two days left before the visa expiration date on Aug. 6, Hu said that Chinese journalists in the U.S. who have followed the procedure have yet been granted a visa extension, and more than 40 journalists have not even been notified of the visa extension procedure.
“What’s Washington doing?” questioned Hu in his post. He also said that the U.S. has recently been suppressing China in many ways and that China will not sit idly by as its people’s expectations of the U.S. continue to lower.
Hu added that the U.S. has a large number of reporters stationed in China and Hong Kong. “if the media war between China and the U.S. escalates further, we all know who the victims will be,” he concluded.
Near the end of the lengthy post, Hu also called on American journalists in China to take action to stop the irrational behavior of the United States.