A Spy Balloon and a Reporting Trip to China

From an Inside the Times column by Edward Wong headlined “A Spy Balloon and a Reporting Trip to China, Up in the Air”:

The Chinese diplomat behind the window at the visa office called me and the other journalists up to the desk, one by one, to hand us our passports. I flipped through mine until I saw the entry visa for China, good for four days.

It seemed an auspicious way to kick off the Year of the Rabbit, which promised to be a busy one for United States-China relations, a subject I cover as a diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times.