Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a regular briefing, “We strongly urge America to reject this Cold War mentality and ideological bias.”
America on Tuesday warned China to impose new restrictions on its media institutions. China has threatened the US to retaliate. Due to the increasing tension between the two superpowers, each other’s media institutions are constantly being targeted.
The US State Department said on Monday that four organizations, China Central Television, China News Service, The People’s Daily and Global Times, are being included as foreign missions rather than media outlets in the United States, before the US in February 5 media organizations of China were categorized as foreign missions.
In this way, a total of 9 media organizations of China have been included in the foreign mission category. On the other hand, China has already expelled more than a dozen American journalists in retaliation.
On Tuesday, Beijing called this new move of the US as ‘political oppression of Chinese media with impudence’. Which also exposed the hypocrisy of America under which it shows the arrogance of the so-called Freedom of Speech and Press.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a regular briefing “We strongly urge the US to dismiss this Cold War mentality and ideological bias. Otherwise China will have no choice but to respond appropriately.”
All nine Chinese state-run news organizations will be required to report the details of their US-based employees and real estate transactions to the State Department. Officials said their news reporting would not be restricted.
East Asia’s top US diplomat David Stival said, “These four entities are not media outlets, they are propaganda outlets.” He declined to say whether the four organizations would be asked to reduce their US-based staff, which was required of the five previously specified.
The announcement is further evidence that a close door meeting in Hawaii last week between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi has alleviated bilateral tensions.
Earlier on February 18, Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily Distribution Corporation and Hai Tian Development USA were categorized as foreign missions.
Morgan Ortagus of the US State Department said that all these nine organizations fall under the definition of foreign mission under the Foreign Missions Act. Their ownership or control is with the foreign government. These outlets were ordered to reduce the number of Chinese employees in the United States.
In response, Beijing expelled American citizens who worked for three major newspapers – The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post – in March.