Australia requires high moral ground since China expels journalists

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A tiny tit-for-tat on Australia’s part would not always be a terrible thing. The US responded rapidly after three of its supporters were also expelled.

Journalist Michael Smith, anchor Cheng Lei and writer Bill Birtles (Pictures: CGTN; provided )

Now it’s become apparent China was targeting Australian journalists as a type of tit-for-tat from the escalating diplomatic stoush between the 2 nations, maybe it is time to think about some reciprocity.

It is not simply the AFR’s Mike Smith along with the ABC’s Bill Birtles that had been targeted and driven by the nation. The new ABC agency chief-in-waiting Sarah Ferguson along with Nine’s China correspondent-in-waiting Eryk Bagshaw are cooling their heels 10 and eight weeks awaiting their visas.

The ABC advised Crikey last night it had been continuing to engage in a visa for Ferguson however wouldn’t comment on the number of local Chinese it’s working in its own Beijing agency or if they were being compensated or on departure.

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