Labeling means that points of sale must now be subject to rules covering diplomatic missions, such as providing detailed information about their employees – whether Chinese or not – and notified the US government of any real estate transactions.
“It also further exposed the hypocrisy of so-called freedom of the press and speech that the United States boasts of,” Zhao Lijian, a ministry spokesman, told a news conference. “We strongly urge the United States to abandon the Cold War mentality, ideological prejudices, and immediately stop and correct this practice, which is detrimental to both sides.”
The U.S. move and China’s threatening response are the latest sign of growing tensions between China and the United States over the parody of the coronavirus, trade and Hong Kong, and the media in both countries are at the center.
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