US State Department Designates Four Chinese Media Outlets as Foreign Missions

US State Department Designates Four Chinese Media Outlets as Foreign Missions

China on Tuesday criticized the United States for its decision to designate four more Chinese media outlets as foreign missions.

The state-run news organizations will be required to report details on their US-based staff and real estate transactions to the State Department. Instead, the label serves to recognize their status as political tools and to require those organizations to "adhere to certain administrative requirements that also apply to foreign embassies and consulates in the United States".

State Department officials say U.S. media are free to report critically on their government while Chinese state-run outlets report to the government.

He said other Chinese media are allowed to operate in the United States without this designation, but these nine collective entities are not media organizations and their employees "are doing more than just propaganda".

"It is our hope that this action will spur Beijing to adopt a more fair and reciprocal approach to US and other foreign press in China", he said.

President Donald Trump highlighted the dispute over the coronavirus when he spoke to a rally over the weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and used a racist term for COVID-19, calling it the "kung flu". His press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said he was seeking to put the onus for the virus' outbreak on the Chinese government. "It's a fair thing to point out as China tries to ridiculously rewrite history", she said.

In January, Maamau visited China and held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, and the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The State Department said it was reclassifying four outlets - China Central Television, the China News Service, the People's Daily and the Global Times - as foreign missions rather than media outlets in the United States. "That's not journalism; journalism is reporting the facts, not what the party tells you to report", Stilwell said.

Asked about potential Chinese retaliation, Stilwell noted that American journalists working in China already faced tight restrictions on their activities.

"We strongly urge the U.S. to stop this Cold War mindset and ideological prejudice, and immediately stop and address this wrongdoing".

The move follows the February 18 designation of Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily Distribution Corporation, and Hai Tian Development USA.

Brown said such a move by China to claim an ADIZ in the South China Sea is not just a concern for PACAF or the United States but to numerous nations in the region. The Chinese government then expelled journalists for The Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

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