The Chinese government has commissioned four other media in the United States to report extensively on its activities in the Asian giant, including business accounts and personnel, in retaliation for the US government’s disclosures about Chinese public media.
Beijing released a similar measure for Voice of America and Time magazine in March, and that Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian requested data from the Associated Press and United Press International, the NPR broadcaster. and the CBS network.
According to Zhao, the measures are “absolutely necessary and reciprocal” given the measures Washington took on June 22 against Chinese public television and various official newspapers. “China urges the US to get back on track immediately and correct its mistakes,” added the spokesman for the Bloomberg news agency.
The measures taken by the Donald Trump government were categorized as “overseas missions” by the media listed because they received funds from another government. This gesture imposes restrictions on the ability of companies to purchase real estate or manage visas.
In the past few months, the two powers have used journalists as a weapon in the midst of escalating political tensions, which has been exacerbated by the responsibility that Washington ascribes to Beijing in expanding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chinese regime also ordered the expulsion of 18 journalists from the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post this year.