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China suspends visa issuance for South Koreans and Japanese

Tokyo protests against China's retaliation; official says move 'out of proportion'

SEOUL -- China stopped issuing visas for visitors from South Korea and Japan on Tuesday, in a retaliatory move against neighbors that have stiffened entry restrictions on Chinese travelers due to a surge of COVID infections in the country.

"We firmly oppose discriminatory entry restrictions against China by a few countries, and we will take reciprocal measures," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters on Tuesday in a briefing.

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