China warns of countermeasures over Trump administration’s move against the media

Chinese authorities warned of retaliation on Tuesday in response to the Trump administration’s decision to designate four more media outlets as agents of the Chinese government.

A spokesman for the country’s foreign ministry accused the United States of suppressing Chinese media companies and of bringing a “Cold War mentality” to China, The Associated Press reported.

“We strongly urge the United States to abandon the Cold War mindset and ideological biases, and immediately stop and correct this wrong practice that does not serve anyone’s interests.” Otherwise, China will have to give the necessary legitimate response, “said spokesman Zhao Lijian.

Monday’s announcement, Lijian added, was “yet another example of the blatant political suppression of the Chinese media.”

Secretary of state Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard Pompeo The State Department silences the journalist in an information call to inquire about Bolton’s book. Democrats in the House of Representatives request testimony from senior state officials about the firing of surveillance Night Defense: Highlights of sections of the Defense Bill of the House Armed Services subcommittees | Bill would ask troops if they have faced “racist, anti-Semitic or supremacist” activities | Pompeo’s aide to testify next week on expulsion of watchdog MORE announced the new appointments via Twitter on Monday afternoon, calling for “greater transparency” for Chinese state organizations in the United States. The Trump administration has criticized China and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for their handling of the coronavirus outbreak, believed to have originated in China’s Wuhan province.

“To ensure greater transparency of the CCP-led operations in the United States, I directed the designation of four additional PRC propaganda outlets as missions abroad,” Pompeo tweeted.

This latest move by the Trump administration affects the appointments of China Central Television, China News Service, People’s Daily and Global Times, according to a State Department spokeswoman who told The Hill that future restrictions on Chinese organizations could be implemented.

“During the past decade and particularly under the mandate of Secretary General Xi Jinping, the [Chinese Communist Party] it has reorganized China’s state propaganda media disguised as news agencies and has asserted even more direct control over them, “the spokeswoman said.