China warns US over actions against 4 more media outlets

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the New York Times Beijing based correspondent Steven Lee Myers, left, chats with other foreign journalists after attending a daily briefing by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. China warned Tuesday, June 23, 2020, it will take countermeasures after the U.S. added four more Chinese media outlets to a list of organizations that should be considered "foreign missions" in the United States because of their ties to the government and ruling Communist Party.

    FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the New York Times Beijing based correspondent Steven Lee Myers, left, chats with other foreign journalists after attending a daily briefing by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. China warned Tuesday, June 23, 2020, it will take countermeasures after the U.S. added four more Chinese media outlets to a list of organizations that should be considered "foreign missions" in the United States because of their ties to the government and ruling Communist Party. Associated Press

  • In this file photo taken Saturday, March 28, 2020, Wall Street Journal reporters, from right, Stephanie Yang, Julie Wernau, and Stu Woo embrace colleagues before their departure after being expelled from China at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing. China warned Tuesday, June 23, 2020, it will take countermeasures after the U.S. added four more Chinese media outlets to a list of organizations that should be considered "foreign missions" in the United States because of their ties to the government and ruling Communist Party.

    In this file photo taken Saturday, March 28, 2020, Wall Street Journal reporters, from right, Stephanie Yang, Julie Wernau, and Stu Woo embrace colleagues before their departure after being expelled from China at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing. China warned Tuesday, June 23, 2020, it will take countermeasures after the U.S. added four more Chinese media outlets to a list of organizations that should be considered "foreign missions" in the United States because of their ties to the government and ruling Communist Party. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, David Stilwell speaks to media as he arrives at the Narita International Airport in Narita, north of Tokyo. The Trump administration is designating the U.S. operations of four major Chinese media outlets as 'œforeign missions' in an action that could force some of their journalists to leave the country. 'œThe Communist Party does not just exercise operational control over these propaganda entities but has full editorial control over their content," said Stilwell.

    FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, David Stilwell speaks to media as he arrives at the Narita International Airport in Narita, north of Tokyo. The Trump administration is designating the U.S. operations of four major Chinese media outlets as 'œforeign missions' in an action that could force some of their journalists to leave the country. 'œThe Communist Party does not just exercise operational control over these propaganda entities but has full editorial control over their content," said Stilwell. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags on top of a trishaw in Beijing. The Trump administration said Monday that it is designating the U.S. operations of four major Chinese media outlets as 'œforeign missions' in an action that could force some of their journalists to leave the country and further worsen diplomatic relations.  State Department officials said the four organizations are essentially mouthpieces for the Chinese Communist Party and the government and should not be treated like ordinary foreign media.

    FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags on top of a trishaw in Beijing. The Trump administration said Monday that it is designating the U.S. operations of four major Chinese media outlets as 'œforeign missions' in an action that could force some of their journalists to leave the country and further worsen diplomatic relations. State Department officials said the four organizations are essentially mouthpieces for the Chinese Communist Party and the government and should not be treated like ordinary foreign media. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 6/23/2020 11:31 PM

BEIJING -- China warned Tuesday it will take countermeasures after the U.S. added four more Chinese media outlets to a list of organizations that should be considered 'œforeign missions' in the United States because of their ties to the government and ruling Communist Party.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian attacked the Trump administration's move as 'œyet another example of the U.S.'s flagrant political suppression of the Chinese media,' saying it would interfere with their reporting on the U.S. and betray America's commitment to freedom of the press.

 

'œWe strongly urge the United States to abandon the Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice, and immediately stop and correct this wrong practice that serves no one's interest. Otherwise China will have to make the necessary legitimate response,' Zhao said.

The U.S. decision Monday to add the four organizations to the list, which already included five others, doesn't directly impede their ability to conduct journalism but could force some to cut staff in the U.S. and is likely to further aggravate relations between the two countries.

State Department officials said the four organizations, including state-run CCTV, will be required to submit the identities of all staff in the U.S. and any real estate holdings just as they would if they were foreign embassies or consulates.

The five other Chinese organizations were directed to cap the number of people they can employ in the United States in March - a month after they were designated as foreign missions.

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China responded by revoking the media credentials of all American journalists at 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 Chinese government, not legitimate news outlets.

The U.S. designated Soviet outlets as foreign missions during the Cold War. That precedent reflects the bitter state of relations between the United States and China, which are at odds over the origin and response to the coronavirus, trade, human rights and other issues.

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