By Jaime A. FlorCruz, CNN
Editor's note: Jaime's China is a column about Chinese society and politics. Jaime FlorCruz has lived and worked in China since 1971. Now CNN's Beijing bureau chief, he studied Chinese history at Peking University (1977-81) and was TIME Magazine's Beijing correspondent (1982-2000).
Beijing (CNN) - Every December, foreign correspondents in China go through the rigmarole of renewing press cards and visas, which typically run out at the end of the year.
This time around, Chinese authorities held up renewing the credentials of roughly two dozen Bloomberg and New York Times reporters after the two American news outfits published muckraking stories about the wealth of the families of top Chinese leaders.
Without renewed press cards, they could not renew their Chinese visas. Without the visas, reporters and their families would be forced to leave China.
"5 Days Till Visa Expiry," New York Times reporter Andrew Jacobs, tweeted on Tuesday.
"Do you think hauling all my stuff to gates of the Foreign Ministry holding a tag sale will get their attention?"
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