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  • Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang in Beijing, China, Feb. 19, 2020.

    Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang in Beijing, China, Feb. 19, 2020. | Photo: Xinhua

Published 20 February 2020

The U.S.-based outlet published an article whose title says, "China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia."​​​​​​​

China's Foreign Minister spokesman Geng Shuang stated that his country is not threatening freedom of expression by revoking the credentials of three reporters of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).​​​​​​

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On Feb. 3, the WSJ published an article whose title says, "China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia", which has been appreciated as a racist opinion by the Chinese people​​​​​​​.

In addition to this, Geng pointed out that the WSJ article underestimates China's effort to eradicate the Covid-19 outbreak.

"The Wall Street Journal published an article filled with aggressions, which also denigrates China, alongside a title with a racist touch… Could it be that the publishing of such a discriminatory article, which publicly insults an independent country and its people, is freedom of speech?" Geng stressed.​​​​​​​

Given that the WSJ did not apologize for an article spreading discriminatory propaganda against the Asian country, the Chinese authorities considered that the ​​​​​​offended ones have the right to respond.

As a result, Josh Chin, Chao Deng, and Philip Wen Han, who are the WSJ reporters related to the article, must leave the Chinese territory, for their credentials were revoked on Feb. 19. 

China asked the U.S.-based outlet to “recognize the seriousness of the error, openly and formally apologize, and investigate and punish those responsible, while retaining the need to take further measures against the newspaper,” Geng said, as reported by the WSJ.​​​​​​​

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