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NYT reporter welcome to visit, work in Taiwan: official

2014/01/30 19:48:04

Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) Taiwan welcomes international media enterprises and their staff, and that would include New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy, who has just been forced to leave China, a government official said Thursday.

Ramzy, who was based in China for more than six years, was forced to leave the country Thursday after Beijing refused to process his work visa application.

"Heading out shortly and wanted to say thanks for all the kind thoughts. Sad to be leaving Beijing. Hope I can return soon," Ramzy tweeted.

The 39-year-old journalist reportedly will come to Taipei and continue to cover China from Taiwan.

However, Taiwan has not received a work visa application from Ramzy and it is not known when he will arrive, according to the official.

U.S. passport holders can enter Taiwan without a visa and stay for up to 90 days.

Ramzy is the second New York Times correspondent in 13 months forced to leave China due to an unprocessed visa application, the New York Times reported.

The Chinese government has not allowed the assignment of any new correspondents to the Beijing bureau of the New York Times since the paper published an article about China's then Premier Wen Jiabao in October 2012, according to the report.

The article said Wen's relatives had accummulated huge amounts of money by taking advantage of his powerful position, an allegation which Wen denied.

(By Tang Pei-chun and James Lee)

From Austin Ramzy's twitter page