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Frosty relations BBC – Chinese authorities

The frosty relations between the BBC and Chinese authorities was again emphasized when the broadcaster announced that one of its correspondents in China has relocated to Taiwan. This comes shortly after Chinese authorities criticized BBC´s reports on alleged humans rights abuses and stopped BBC World News from broadcasting in the country.

BBC News´ Twitter account said that correspondent John Sudworth had left Beijing but did not say why.

“John’s work has exposed truth the Chinese authorities did not want the world to know. The BBC is proud of John’s award-winning reporting during his time in Beijing and he remains our China correspondent”, BBC News said.

Reuters reports that The Global Times, published by the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s official People’s Daily newspaper, quoted a Xinjiang Communist Party official saying that a number of individuals in the region plan to sue the BBC for “producing fake news, spreading rumours about Xinjiang and slandering China’s policy in the region.”

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