U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden has taken up the cause of foreign correspondents facing banishment from China for unwelcome news coverage, publicly criticizing the Chinese government’s tactics and privately raising the issue with President Xi Jinping.  

On the third day of his weeklong trip to Asia, Mr. Biden met Thursday with China-based journalists from news organizations affected by the crackdown, most notably The New York Times and Bloomberg News, to hear their concerns and describe his efforts on their behalf.

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