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Journalist is assaulted by Chinese official after questioning Joe Biden

A Chinese official grabbed the backpack and pushed a US reporter who was yelling at US President Joe Biden about the human rights situation in China at the start of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping .

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The incident occurred when the press was expelled from the room where the two leaders had just made statements to start their meeting, which takes place on the Indonesian island of Bali, one day before the start of the G20 leaders’ summit. .

The reporter yelled at Biden if he intended to discuss the human rights situation in China with Xi, at which point a man wearing a Chinese flag mask grabbed her by the backpack she was carrying and pushed her. backward.

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She lost her balance, though she didn’t quite fall, and the man pushed her toward the door.

Two members of the White House had to intervene to ask that the journalist be left alone, according to the journalists who had access to the meeting and who are part of the press pool.

The “pool”, of which this journalist was a part, is a group made up of a few reporters, photographers and cameramen with access to all the acts of the US president who have the mission of telling what happened in them to the rest of the press.

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In the United States, the press usually launches questions in this type of scenario to try to get the president to react and respond, but that is not the custom in other countries.

The White House Correspondents Association defends this format of shouting questions on its website because many times they are the only way to get an answer.

Source: Elcomercio

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