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.”
“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.
– Angus Watson in Sydney contributed to this article.