Last week, the White House said it was “very disappointed” in China for denying a visa to another journalist working for The New York Times in Beijing—thus forcing him to leave the country after eight years. This move left us wondering what more the U.S. government might do, and what American civil society might do, too? Beyond what The Times decides to do next, we asked contributors what they felt the policy implications should be and why they felt American citizens should care. Was it always this way? What can history teach us about China’s posture toward the foreign press?
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