China halts visas for Japan, South Korea in COVID-19 spat


              Passengers arriving from China enters a COVID-19 testing center at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. China suspended visas Tuesday for South Koreans to come to the country for tourism or business in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 testing requirements on Chinese travelers. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
            
              Chinese Embassy is pictured in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Chinese embassies stopped issuing new visas for South Koreans and Japanese on Tuesday in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 travel requirements recently imposed by those countries on travelers from China.(Kazushi Kurihara/Kyodo News via AP)
            
              Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin prepares to attend a press conference in Beijing Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. China's Foreign Ministry threatened countermeasures last week against countries that had announced new virus testing requirements for travelers from China. (Suo Takekuma/Kyodo News via AP)
            
              Passengers from Shanghai line up to take a higher-sensitivity COVID-19 antigen test o their arrival at Narita airport near Tokyo on Jan. 8, 2023. China is suspending issuing visas for South Koreans to come to the country for tourism or business in apparent retaliation for COVID-19-related requirements on Chinese travelers. Japan’s Kyodo News service said the ban would also affect Japanese travelers. (Kyodo News via AP)
            
              Passengers from Shanghai present proof of a negative COVID-19 test on their arrival at Narita airport near Tokyo on Jan. 8, 2023. China is suspending issuing visas for South Koreans to come to the country for tourism or business in apparent retaliation for COVID-19-related requirements on Chinese travelers. Japan’s Kyodo News service said the ban would also affect Japanese travelers.(Kyodo News via AP)
            
              Passengers wait in line to board a plane to China at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. China suspended visas Tuesday for South Koreans to come to the country for tourism or business in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 testing requirements on Chinese travelers. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
            
              Passengers wait in line to board a plane to China at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. China suspended visas Tuesday for South Koreans to come to the country for tourism or business in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 testing requirements on Chinese travelers. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
            
              Passengers arriving from China enters a COVID-19 testing center at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. China suspended visas Tuesday for South Koreans to come to the country for tourism or business in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 testing requirements on Chinese travelers. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
            
              Passengers arriving from China pass by a COVID-19 testing center at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. China suspended visas Tuesday for South Koreans to come to the country for tourism or business in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 testing requirements on Chinese travelers. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
            
              China's ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian speaks during the New Year's press gathering at the Chinese Embassy in Canberra, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Xiao told reporters that China had shifted its COVID-19 strategy late last year from preventing infections to preventing severe cases. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)
            
              FILE - A woman arriving from China enters a COVID-19 testing center at the Incheon International Airport In Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. China suspended visas Tuesday for South Koreans to come to the country for tourism or business in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 testing requirements on Chinese travelers. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
            
              FILE - A woman arriving from China enters a COVID-19 testing center at the Incheon International Airport In Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. China suspended visas Tuesday for South Koreans to come to the country for tourism or business in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 testing requirements on Chinese travelers. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
China halts visas for Japan, South Korea in COVID-19 spat