NBC News: Diplomats plead with State Department not to rush return to offices

NBC News: Diplomats plead with State Department not to rush return to offices. “More than 500 State Department employees are privately pleading with the Trump administration to pull back its decision to send up to 80 percent of its staff members in Washington back to work in person after an employee who works near Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s office tested positive for the coronavirus this week.”

Exclusive: U.S. delays American diplomats’ return to China amid concerns over coronavirus testing, quarantine (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: U.S. delays American diplomats’ return to China amid concerns over coronavirus testing, quarantine. “The United States has postponed flights for dozens of American diplomats who had planned to return to China later this month, after failing to reach agreement with Beijing over issues including COVID-19 testing and quarantine.”

New York Times: Late Action on Virus Prompts Fears Over Safety of U.S. Diplomats in Saudi Arabia

New York Times: Late Action on Virus Prompts Fears Over Safety of U.S. Diplomats in Saudi Arabia. “Inside the sprawling American Embassy compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a coronavirus outbreak was spreading. Dozens of embassy employees became sick last month, and more than 20 others were quarantined after a birthday barbecue became a potential vector for the spread of the disease.”

Union Bulletin: US seeks to reassure diplomats returning to Beijing after uproar

Union Bulletin: US seeks to reassure diplomats returning to Beijing after uproar. ” The State Department is seeking to reassure dozens of diplomats who are preparing to return to Beijing that China won’t be given total control over their coronavirus testing and that children and other family members won’t be separated if they are found positive, according to several people familiar with the matter.”

Washington Post: Banned at home, Twitter becomes a new tool for Chinese diplomats abroad

Washington Post: Banned at home, Twitter becomes a new tool for Chinese diplomats abroad. “According to Chinese officials, Twitter is a destabilizing carrier of foreign influence, a platform banned inside China on national security grounds. Also according to Chinese officials: ‘We are pleased to join Twitter in which we can engage in more frequent and productive dialogue with Americans.'”