BEIJING (AP) – China warned Tuesday that it will take countermeasures after the US adds four more Chinese media outlets to a list of organizations to be considered “foreign missions” in the United States because of its ties to the government and ruling communist party.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attacked the Trump administration movement as “yet another example of the US’s blatant political repression against the Chinese media,” which would say this would be their reporting on the US and betray America’s commitment to freedom of the press.
“We strongly urge the United States to give up and immediately stop the mentality and ideological prejudices of the Cold War and correct this wrong practice that serves no interest. Otherwise, China will have to give the necessary legitimate response,” Zhao said.
Monday’s US decision to add the four organizations to the list, which already included five others, does not directly impede their ability to lead journalism, but could compel some to cut US personnel and likely increase relations further worsen between the two countries.
State Department officials said the four organizations, including state-run CCTV, should provide identities of all personnel in the United States and of property, just as they would if they were foreign embassies or consulates.
The five other Chinese organizations were instructed to limit the number of people they can employ in the United States in March – a month after they were designated as a foreign mission.
China responded by withdrawing the media references of all American journalists from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
State Department officials said the organizations are essentially mouthpieces for the Communist Party and the Chinese government, not legitimate newscasts.
The US has designated Soviet outlets as Cold War foreign missions. That precedent reflects the bitter state of relations between the United States and China, which are at odds with the origins and response to the corona virus, trade, human rights and other issues.
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