China expels WSJ reporter who wrote about Xi’s cousin

China expels WSJ reporter who wrote about Xi’s cousin”

The action comes one month after Wong co-wrote a story detailing an Australian investigation into alleged links between Xi's cousin and money laundering and suspected organised crime.

Chun Han Wong, a Singapore national, had been based in Beijing, where he had reported on politics in China since 2014. The statement said the company is looking into the matter but did not elaborate. These credentials expired Friday.

China sometimes withholds or refuses visas to punish global news organizations for what the ruling Communist Party perceives as unfavorable coverage.

The Wall Street Journal'sown editor-in-chief, Matt Murray, has responded to Wong being forced to leave China by saying: "It is disappointing that the Chinese government has denied our reporter press credentials". However the resolution amounted to the primary time that the Chinese language authorities has successfully banned a reporter from the Journal, a publication usually recognized for incisive however evenhanded protection of the nation.

The story, which was a joint investigation with Australian media, detailed Mr Chai's extravagant spending in resorts owned by Australian gaming tycoon James Packer.

In a statement to AFP, the foreign ministry said it "strongly opposed some foreign reporters" malicious smears and attacks on China, and these kinds of journalists are not welcome'.

The story noted there were no indications Xi knew about his cousin's activities in Australia or that the Chinese leader was implicated in any wrongdoing.

Dow Jones, the WSJ's parent company, said in a statement that authorities declined to renew Wong's press credentials.

The wealth of Communist Party leaders and their families has always been a taboo subject. "At the same time, we will facilitate newsgathering work that complies with laws and regulations for foreign journalists in China".

"Such treatment of foreign correspondents runs completely counter to claims that it supports openness and inclusiveness", the membership mentioned. "Prior to publication, (foreign) ministry officials urged the Journal not to publish and warned of unspecified consequences".

The Journal story would have been doubly provocative for Beijing, given its topic's proximity to Xi, a frontrunner who has yoked his public picture to a years-long anti-corruption drive and repeatedly exhorted get together cadres to rein of their freewheeling relations.

Writing reports about Chinese leaders or their families can be sensitive in China, where the ruling Communist Party tries to keep an iron grip on information about the leadership and curates its image carefully.

Wong left mainland China on Friday night for Hong Kong.

Foreign journalists based in China need valid press credentials in order to renew their journalist visas.

A similar story that same year from Bloomberg about the wealth of Xi's extended family also resulted in an informal ban on new visas, leading to negotiations with Chinese officials and then editor-in-chief Matthew Winkler to encourage self-censorship when the next blockbuster exposéwas in the works.

Neither the New York Times nor Bloomberg News received new journalist visas for more than a year after they published stories in 2012 about the wealth of family members of former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Xi, respectively.

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