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The AFR’s Michael Smith during Shanghai COVID-19 quarantine and Bill Birtles late last year returning from covering Hong Kong protests. Twitter (@MichaelSmithAFR and @BillBirtles)

Journalists have become diplomatic pawns in China’s relations with the West, setting a worrying precedent

Covering China has become an increasingly challenging task, but now foreign journalists like Australians Bill Birtles and Mike Smith are being expelled from the country at an alarming rate.

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