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China is announcing retaliatory measures against the American media

The Associated Press, United Press International, CBS News and NPR News must submit the relevant documentation to the Chinese government within seven days, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press briefing on Wednesday.

“China is forced to take these measures in the fight against American unreasonable repression of Chinese media in the United States,” Zhao said. “They’re completely self-defense.”

Beijing’s response comes after the Trump administration labeled four Chinese state media “foreign missions” last week, requiring them to hand over the paperwork to the U.S. authorities about their finances and personnel. Washington added CCTV, People Daily, Global Times, and China News Service to the list of flagged media outlets that already included Xinhua, CCTV subsidiary China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily International, and Daily Daily’s parents Hai Tian Development USA .

“U.S. measures are based on the Cold War mentality and ideological prejudices,” Zhao added. “They have seriously damaged the reputation and image of the Chinese media and seriously disrupted their normal business in the United States.”

The Trump administration and government in Beijing have been involved in several rounds of tit-to-tat targeting of interconnected media.

Earlier this year, Beijing expelled journalists from several major U.S. news organizations, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, after the United States cap the number of Chinese journalists allowed to work in U.S. offices of Chinese state media.

– Angus Watson of Sydney contributed to this article.

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