The Chinese State Department on Tuesday condemned the US government’s decision to classify four other Chinese media as “overseas missions” – nine have been reported since February – and threatened to respond.
Chinese diplomacy spokesman Zhao Lijian has accused Washington of seeking “political oppression” and “hypocritical” action against press freedom. With this in mind, he has asked the Donald Trump administration to withdraw, otherwise “China will have to give an appropriate answer,” reports Bloomberg.
The US State Department has stated that Chinese Central TV, the Chinese News Service, the People’s Newspaper and the media of the Global Times meet the definition of “overseas mission” provided for in the law that regulates them because they are “essentially owned” “are or will be effectively controlled” by a foreign government.
At the beginning of March, Washington also announced that it would limit the number of Chinese citizens working in the media, which it sees as “foreign missions” under the Beijing command. China called this “bullying”, which would have a “negative” impact on bilateral relations.