Japan's Kansai International Airport has issued red rope signs to distinguish incoming Chinese tourists.

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[Compiled by Chen Chengliang/Comprehensive Report] The epidemic situation in China is heating up, but the blockade was lifted on the 8th. Many countries, including South Korea and Japan, took urgent measures to deal with it. However, China was dissatisfied with discrimination and criticized, and announced on the 10th that it would suspend the entry of Japanese and Korean tourists Regarding visas, the China Immigration Administration announced on the 11th that based on the recent "discriminatory entry restrictions" imposed on Chinese citizens by a few countries, it announced the cancellation of the 77-hour and 144-hour visa-free measures for Japanese and Korean tourists transiting through China.

In addition, South Korea requires Chinese inbound passengers to wear yellow immigration cards. After being criticized by Chinese netizens as "insulting China", Chinese media reported that Chinese passengers who took a flight and landed at Kansai Airport in Japan on the 9th were given red rope tags to communicate with other passengers. The airport also has a special quarantine area for Chinese immigrants.

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South Korea previously announced that it will suspend the issuance of short-term visas to Chinese tourists from January 2 to 31, and also requires passengers from China to show a negative nucleic acid test certificate within 48 hours before the trip; Japan requires passengers from China from January 8 Conduct a nucleic acid test within 72 hours before departure and provide proof.

Japan and South Korea aren't the only countries restricting travelers from China, but it's not clear why China is currently targeting only those two countries.

Hong Kong's "South China Morning Post" quoted Shi Yinhong, a counselor of the State Council of China and a professor at Renmin University, as saying that the reason why South Korea was the first target to implement "corresponding measures" may be because many members of South Korea's Congress visited Taiwan last month, and South Korea's economy has a strong impact on China. High dependence may also be the reason why China was the first to be operated on.

China's countermeasures have caused many "little pinks" to applaud on the Internet. Some netizens also said that traveling to Japan and South Korea is self-defeating, and it is better to "go to a country that welcomes you."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that this was a "reciprocal measure" and China's response was reasonable and just.

South Korean netizens fought back one after another, "It's naive", "Super hooligan", "It's really narrow-minded", "Thanks to China for helping South Korean companies to expedite the withdrawal from China", "We come to Taiwan!" Japanese netizens also bluntly said, "Very few people pass through China. Go to another country! I only think of North Korea, it doesn’t make sense”, “Stop allowing Chinese people to enter”.

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Passengers from China were tested at Kansai Airport in Japan on the 10th.