U.S. Authorizes Departures for Diplomats in China Because of COVID

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According to the Global Times, a source said on the 25th that the U.S. State Department planned to approve the “authorized departure” of its embassies in China on the grounds of the epidemic in China. Analysts said it was another move by Washington to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics after the White House announced last month that it would not send an official delegation to the Games. It is not ruled out that the United States will take more action against China and the Beijing Winter Olympics in the coming month.

It is understood that “authorized departure” refers to the decision of a U.S. agency abroad to evacuate its personnel from the country in response to a specific emergency. It can only be implemented after obtaining the approval of a senior official of the U.S. State Department.

At the beginning of the COVID outbreak in January 2020, the United States unilaterally announced the temporary closure of the consulate general in Wuhan and the evacuation of consulate personnel.

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken described Sino-U.S. relations on the 24th: “If you are not at the table, you may be on the menu. “

Haidong Li, a China Foreign Affairs University professor, said that the United States is currently conducting military exercises in the South China Sea. China should have sufficient psychological expectations for the actions the United States may take next and take corresponding and resolute countermeasures.

Source:美国国务院因疫情原因批准驻华使领馆“授权撤离” – GNEWS

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