Reporters Covering VP Biden In China Are Shoved Out

BidenpetraeusHow do you clear a room full of press in China? Give Joe Biden a chance to speak. Only minutes after Vice President Biden’s speech, Chinese officials were directing journalists toward the exits. Los Angeles Times reports:

Vice President Joe Biden’s famously loquacious style has now become the source of some international tension.

At the senior levels, the American and Chinese delegations actually seem to be getting along quite well. But relations between the press and staff traveling with the vice president and Chinese officials guarding access to the leaders are another story entirely.

Biden’s schedule Thursday, his first full day in China, included two bilateral meetings with Chinese Vice President Xi Jingping. American and Chinese press were to be allowed in to hear the opening remarks at the start of the first, expanded meeting.

At least that was the plan.

Xi spoke first, calling Biden’s visit a “major event” in the U.S.-China relationship and expressing his desire to work with America “to promote development of relations between our great nations.”

[Continues at LA Times]

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  • DeepCough

    Same was done in Australian parliament when Bush was getting heckled: we gotta protect the freedom of speech of the power-elite.

  • DeepCough

    Same was done in Australian parliament when Bush was getting heckled: we gotta protect the freedom of speech of the power-elite.

  • Will

    … and that was how America was sold.

  • Will

    … and that was how America was sold.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Anything written in the Western press about China is usually anti-Chinese propaganda, typically portraying the country as North Korea with money. I have lived in China for more than a few years and have often noted the anti-China slant and the factual inaccuracies in most Western “news” reports.

    I don’t know the facts about this particular situation, but the report is inconsistent with my personal experience with the Chinese people and its government’s officials.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Anything written in the Western press about China is usually anti-Chinese propaganda, typically portraying the country as North Korea with money. I have lived in China for more than a few years and have often noted the anti-China slant and the factual inaccuracies in most Western “news” reports.

    I don’t know the facts about this particular situation, but the report is inconsistent with my personal experience with the Chinese people and its government’s officials.

    • vlad

      I couldn’t agree more, the constant china bashing by the crumbling “west” is more than pathetic.

      • Anarchy Pony

        They’ll crumble in time too. Empires and civilizations are fools endeavors that never succeed indefinitely.

  • vlad

    I couldn’t agree more, the constant china bashing by the crumbling “west” is more than pathetic.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Lucky bastards…they could have been locked in!

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Lucky bastards…they could have been locked in!

  • Wanooski

    They’ll crumble in time too. Empires and civilizations are fools endeavors that never succeed indefinitely.

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