Just last month in Beijing, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden lamented the lack of press freedom in China.
Despite such high-profile criticism, Beijing has increased its pressure on foreign correspondents in China.
China is refusing to renew a visa for New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy, the second Times reporter in 13 months to be forced out of the country.
Is the visa holdup payback for critical coverage of China's political elite?
"It will certainly feed suspicion that it's retribution for the content of their coverage," says Peter Ford, President of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China and Beijing Bureau Chief for the Christian Science Monitor.
For more on the various ways China is putting the pressure on foreign correspondents, watch the video report above.