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China Expels Wall Street Journal Reporters over “Racist” Op-Ed

HeadlineFeb 20, 2020

Chinese officials said Wednesday they are expelling three Wall Street Journal reporters from mainland China over the newspaper’s coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. A government ministry spokesperson cited a recent op-ed published in the Journal titled “China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia,” calling it racist. The expulsions drew condemnation from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, though the chief executive of Dow Jones, which publishes The Wall Street Journal, said he regretted the “upset and concern” caused by the opinion piece to the Chinese people. This comes as two elderly people in Iran died after testing positive for the new strain of coronavirus. They’re the first two deaths from the virus in the Middle East.

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