Japan, S. Korea protest China visa stoppage amid COVID spat


              South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin speaks during a briefing at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
            
              South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin speaks during a briefing at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
            
              South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin speaks during a briefing at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
            
              South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin speaks during a briefing at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
            
              South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin speaks during a briefing at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
            
              People wearing face masks ride an escalator at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Japan and South Korea on Wednesday defended their border restrictions on travelers from China, with Tokyo criticizing China's move to suspend issuing new visas in both countries as a step unrelated to virus measures. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              A woman wearing a face mask looks at her smartphone at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Japan and South Korea on Wednesday defended their border restrictions on travelers from China, with Tokyo criticizing China's move to suspend issuing new visas in both countries as a step unrelated to virus measures. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              A worker wearing a face mask rides an escalator at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Japan and South Korea on Wednesday defended their border restrictions on travelers from China, with Tokyo criticizing China's move to suspend issuing new visas in both countries as a step unrelated to virus measures. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              A woman wearing a face mask walks at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Japan and South Korea on Wednesday defended their border restrictions on travelers from China, with Tokyo criticizing China's move to suspend issuing new visas in both countries as a step unrelated to virus measures. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              Passengers arriving from China prepare for their coronavirus test at a COVID-19 testing center at the Incheon International Airport In Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Chinese embassies stopped issuing new visas for South Koreans and Japanese on Tuesday in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 measures recently imposed by those countries on travelers from China. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
            
              A woman wearing a face mask rides an escalator at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Japan and South Korea on Wednesday defended their border restrictions on travelers from China, with Tokyo criticizing China's move to suspend issuing new visas in both countries as a step unrelated to virus measures. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              Passengers arriving from China pass by a COVID-19 testing center at the Incheon International Airport In Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Chinese embassies stopped issuing new visas for South Koreans and Japanese on Tuesday in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 measures recently imposed by those countries on travelers from China. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Japan, S. Korea protest China visa stoppage amid COVID spat