外文标题：US protests China's treatment of foreign journalists
WASHINGTON: The White House on Thursday sharply criticized China's treatment of foreign journalists and noted specifically the case of a New York Times reporter whose visa was not extended.
In a statement, White House spokesman Jay Carney said foreign journalists faced impediments to their ability to do their jobs. Such conditions include extended delays in processing journalist visas, restrictions on travel to some locations deemed "sensitive" by Chinese authorities, and sometimes even violence from local officials.
"These restrictions and treatment are not consistent with freedom of the press and stand in stark contrast with US treatment of Chinese and other foreign journalists," Carney said.
The statement expressed disappointment that New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy was forced to leave China on Thursday because of processing delays for his press credentials.
"We remain concerned that Ramzy and several other US journalists have waited months, and in some cases years, for a decision on their press credentials and visa applications," Carney said.
Treatment of American journalists is one of several issues that have strained US-Chinese relations recently, along with China's declaration of an air defense zone to support its territorial claims on islands that Japan considers part of its territory in the East China Sea.
Carney said the United States would continue to raise its concerns about the treatment of journalists and media organizations in China. He urged Beijing to commit to timely visa and credentialing decisions for foreign journalists as well as to unblock US media websites and eliminate other restrictions.
"Our two countries should be expanding media exchanges to enhance mutual understanding and trust," he said, "not restricting the ability of journalists to do their work."
younis dar (jammu)
The Chinese media freedom is hugely restricted, its time to free the press from the state authority. China can not make any real progress unless it supports freedom of expression no matter how much its economy develops.
MadeInIndia (India) replies to younis dar
India - 6 decades of independence with pre-installed shinning democracy by white master - plenty of freedom; free open defecation, free rampant corruption, free kickback, free to r*pe, free dowry death....yeah shinning democracy and freedom of expression!
Anand Rai (Noida)
Oh really...and they forgot what they did to Indian Diplomat..
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Deep Chatterjee (Kolkata)
At least China is safe as long as it is not discovering oil below its soil.
SrinivasKiran Kotagiri (Bangalore)
Then what did US do to Indian Diplomat?? who is complaining about what
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VAGABOND (PLANET EARTH) replies to SrinivasKiran Kotagiri
Indians are not respected even as humans in India first. Italian marines came to Indian waters and shot-dead 2 Indian in High seas and still no concrete action is seen taken on them...
US cries when someone step in their tail and its China this time
Sankalp Shukla (Unknown)
US can do whatever it wants , china will not change its policy