Media reports indicate that the expulsion of the three is the largest in the past 30 years in the East Asian country. America’s Cable News Network (CNN) on Wednesday reported and quoted Beijing’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Geng Shuang, that the expulsion of the three journalists follows an opinion piece they published in the American Journal on February 3 with a heading ‘China is real sick man of Asia’.
Geng said: “The editors used such a racially discriminatory title, triggering indignation and condemnation among the Chinese people and the international community.”
However Beijing’s reaction did not go down well with Washington and the journal’s editor-in-chief, Matt Murray, who described the move as ‘a harsh and unprecedented action’ that needs to be reversed.
Prior to this development United States’ State Department designated China’s leading news organisations: Xinhua, China Daily, The Peoples Daily, China Global Television Network (CGTN) and China Radio as ‘foreign missions’ equating them with a status of a diplomat.
The latest CGTN has reported on the deadly viral attack is that the death toll has hit 2121 in China alone and seven abroad as confirmed cases almost approached 75,000 in China with over 16,000 patients certified fit.