Foreign Press spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press conference on Wednesday that Associated Press, United Press International, CBS News and NPR News should submit relevant documents to the Chinese government within seven days.
“China is obliged to take these measures to counter the irrational suppression of the US media in the US,” said Zhao. Said. “They fully defend themselves.”
Beijing’s response came after the Trump administration labeled four Chinese state media US offices as “foreign missions” last weekIt requires the US authorities to file documents about their finances and staff. Washington has already added CCTV, People’s Daily, Global Times and China News Service to a special media list that already includes Xinhua, CCTV subsidiary China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily and People’s Daily main Hai Tian Development USA.
David Stilwell, Deputy Secretary of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs I said The Chinese administration was given an appointment because the US administration sees them as propaganda sales points “effectively controlled by the Chinese Communist Party” rather than independent news outlets.
“US measures are based on the Cold War mentality and ideological bias,” Zhao said on Wednesday.
“They seriously damaged the reputation and image of the Chinese media and seriously disrupted their normal operations in the USA.”
The Associated Press spokesperson told CNN Business that the agency “wants to learn more about the requirements announced today and will review them carefully”. Representatives from CBS, NPR and United Press International did not immediately request comments.
Beijing’s announcement of new conditions in the US media came just hours after China introduced a comprehensive national security law in Hong Kong, which said that critics were freeing autonomy and certain freedoms and how the media worked there.
The Trump administration and the Beijing government have targeted several tours to taste each other’s media outlets.
Earlier this year, Beijing deportation Journalists from many major US news organizations, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, after the U.S. Angry The number of Chinese journalists allowed China’s state media to work in US offices.
Angus Watson in Sydney contributed to this article.