BBC China correspondent John Sudworth ‘relocates’ to Taiwan

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BBC correspondent John Sudworth had lived and worked in Beijing for nine years

In yet another sign of deteriorating Sino-British relations, the BBC’s Beijing correspondent, John Sudworth, has reportedly moved to Chinese Taipei (also known as Taiwan).

The British state broadcaster has been vague about the reasons for the move, citing “pressure and threats” from the Chinese authorities but without providing any specific examples.

Furthermore, the BBC maintains that Sudworth remains its correspondent in China despite the relocation to the breakaway province of Chinese Taipei (Taiwan).

For his part, Sudworth, who has been based in Beijing for nine years, says he moved to Taiwan after it became “increasingly difficult” to operate in China.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, said in a news conference that the authorities in Beijing had not been given prior notice of Sudworth’s departure.

"Only in recent days when we were faced with the task of renewing Sudworth's press card did we learn that Sudworth left without saying goodbye. After he left the country, he didn't by any means inform the relevant departments nor provide any reason why", Chunying added.

Sudworth’s relocation to Chinese Taipai (Taiwan) comes in the wake of the expulsion in early February of three Chinese journalists from the UK on espionage allegations.

According to the Daily Telegraph (February 04), the journalists had arrived in the UK on journalism visas but were accused by the British Security Service (MI5) of working for China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS).


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