WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy was forced to leave China Thursday because he was not issued a journalist visa after joining the newspaper last year.
With his temporary visa about to expire, Ramzy departed China for Taiwan on Thursday, where he will report as he continues to seek a visa.
Journalists have been facing increasing difficulties obtaining visas in China after publishing stories about Communist Party leaders' wealth and corruption. In December, those difficulties prompted Vice President Joe Biden to intervene after numerous western media outlets were unable to obtain visas for their journalists.
On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney issued a statement in response to the latest visa flap.
"We remain concerned that Mr. Ramzy and several other U.S. journalists have waited months, and in some cases years, for a decision on their press credentials and visa applications... We have raised our concerns about the treatment of journalists and media organizations repeatedly and at the highest levels with the Chinese government, and will continue to do so.”
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