U.S. Targets Chinese Media” Foreign Mission Offices”

Washington launched a campaign against the official Chinese media, and announced that it would treat it as foreign diplomatic missions, allowing it to tighten its working rules, and accused these institutions of publicizing Beijing.

The US State Department said on Tuesday that 5 Chinese media outlets, headed by Xinhua and the Chinese global television network, CGTN, have, under the new procedures, need prior approval from the ministry to purchase any property in the United States.  It now obliged to provide lists of all of employees, including American citizens.

Nevertheless, the ministry stressed that the new procedures will never restrict the practice of these means for its media work in the United States.

Ministry officials said that the decision was communicated to the five Chinese media outlets on Tuesday morning, noting that what prompted Washington to do so was Beijing’s tightening grip on the media since the current president Xi Jinping took office in 2013.

“There is no disagreement that all of these five media outlets are part of the propaganda apparatus of the ruling Communist Party (in China) and that they receive their orders directly from the top of the pyramid,” in Beijing, a ministry official told reporters, asking not to be named.

The other three media outlets covered by the measure are “China Radio International”, “People’s Daily” newspapers, and “China Daily”, an English-language newspaper published by the Communist Party of China.

Two senior State Department officials said the decision was taken because Chinese President Xi Jinping had used the aforementioned media more aggressively to spread propaganda in Beijing.

In response to a question about whether there are fears that Beijing may retaliate against Western media outlets in China, an official indicated that foreign news outlets are already operating under strict rules in China. “These men work in a more liberal environment here in the United States than in the foreign press in the People’s Republic of China,” he said.

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Washington launched a campaign against the official Chinese media, and announced that it would treat it as foreign diplomatic missions, allowing it to tighten its working rules, and accused these institutions of publicizing Beijing.

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