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January 22, 2018

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Biden questions China treatment of U.S. journalists

BEIJING — Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. has "profound disagreements" with China over the treatment of U.S. journalists. Speaking to American business leaders in Beijing, Biden says innovation thrives where newspapers can report the truth without fear of consequences. The websites of The New York Times and Bloomberg have been blocked in China since late last year after each agency fell afoul of Beijing over some of its reporting. This week a Bloomberg reporter was excluded from a Beijing event with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Biden also says China will be stronger, more stable and more innovative if it respects universal rights. But Biden also says the U.S. isn't, in his words, the "citadel of human rights." He says the U.S. has progress to make, too.

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