On Monday, the Trump administration announced that it would treat China Central Television (CCTV), the China News Service, the People’s Daily and the Global Times as weapons of the Chinese government, arguing that they are under the control of the Chinese Communist Party. .
The designation means that outlets must now abide by the rules that diplomatic missions cover, such as providing detailed information about their employees – whether Chinese or not – and notify the US government. USA On any real estate transaction.
Five Chinese outlets: Xinhua, a subsidiary of CCTV China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily and People’s Daily father Hai Tian Development USA – received the same label in February. In a regular briefing on Tuesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry criticized the United States for its “political repression of the Chinese media” and argued that it would undermine its reports.
“It also further exposed the hypocrisy of the so-called freedom of the press and of expression presumed by the United States,” said Zhao Lijian, a ministry spokesman at a press conference. “We strongly urge the United States to abandon the Cold War mentality, ideological biases, and immediately stop and correct this practice that hurts both sides.”
The move by the United States and China’s threatened response is the latest sign of mounting tension between China and the United States over the coronavirus pandemic, trade, and Hong Kong, with the media in both countries caught in the middle.
Since the United States moved to the Chinese media in February, China has expelled journalists from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. The United States government also announced last month that Chinese journalists working for non-US media would limit themselves to 90-day work visas.