China has promised to react after the U.S. targets more state media

Monday is the Trump administration announced that China Central Television (CCTV), China News Service, People Daily and Global Times will treat them as weapons of the Chinese government, claiming they are under the control of the Communist Party of China.

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.

Five Chinese outlets — Xinhua, a CCTV subsidiary The Chinese global television network, China Radio International, the Chinese daily Daily and the parent of the Daily Hai Tian Development USA were awarded same label in February. At a regular briefing on Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry criticized the United States for “political repression of the Chinese media” and said it would undermine their reporting.

“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.

Ever since the U.S. switched to Chinese media in February, China has expelled journalists from the New York Times, Wall Street Magazine and the Washington Post. The US government too announced last month that Chinese journalists working for non-US retail outlets would be limited to 90-day work visas.
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