China announces retaliation against US media

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China announces retaliation against US media

The Associated Press, United Press International, CBS News and NPR News must file a complaint with the Chinese government within seven days, State Department spokeswoman Zhao Lijian told a news conference on Wednesday.

“China is obliged to take these measures to address the unjustified repression of Chinese media by the United States in the United States,” Zao said. “It’s completely self-defense.”

Beijing’s response comes when the Trump administration described US offices in four Chinese state media as “foreign missions” Last week, urging them to submit documents to the US authorities on their finances and staff. Washington has added CCTV, People’s Daily, Global Times and China News Service to a list of fixed assets that already included Xinhua, CCTV subsidiary China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily and People’s Daily, Hai Tian Development USA.

“US measures are based on the Cold War mentality and ideological prejudices,” Zao added. “They have seriously damaged the reputation and image of the Chinese media, and they have seriously stopped their normal activities in the United States.”

The Trump administration and the Beijing government have been involved in many rounds of targeted media coverage.

Earlier this year, Beijing deported journalists from various major US news organizations, including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, after the United States upper limit the number of Chinese journalists allowed to work in US government media outlets in China.

– Angus Watson in Sydney contributed to this article.

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