China Criticizes US Controls 10/22 06:11
China's government on Thursday demanded Washington stop "political
oppression" of Chinese media after more were ordered to register as foreign
missions but gave no indication how Beijing might retaliate.
BEIJING (AP) -- China's government on Thursday demanded Washington stop
"political oppression" of Chinese media after more were ordered to register as
foreign missions but gave no indication how Beijing might retaliate.
The order Wednesday, which requires Chinese media to register their
employees in the United States, adds to conflict over technology and security
that have plunged U.S.-Chinese relations to their lowest level in decades.
A foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Liajian, called the move "political
"China firmly opposes and strongly condemns unreasonable U.S. actions," Zhao
said at a regular news briefing. "China urges the United States to change
course, correct its mistakes and stop the political oppression and unreasonable
restrictions on Chinese media."
The latest steps apply to six Chinese newspapers and other media and raise
the total number of outlets affected to 15.
Earlier, the Trump administration imposed limits on how many people Chinese
media can employ and put them on 90-day visas. Beijing retaliated by expelling
reporters for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street
Journal and has given remaining American reporters two-month visas.
The Trump administration contends that Chinese employees of state media act
more as propagandists and agents for the Communist Party than journalists.
The latest measures apply to Yicai Global, Jiefang Daily, Xinmin Evening
News, Social Sciences in China Press, Beijing Review, and Economic Daily.
Controls announced earlier affect the Xinhua News Agency, China Global
Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily Distribution Corp.,
Hai Tian Development USA, China Central Television, China News Service, the
People's Daily and the Global Times.
Also this year, Washington ordered China's consulate in Houston closed.
Beijing responded by closing the U.S. Consulate in the western Chinese city of
The Trump administration also has announced sanctions on Chinese officials,
companies and government agencies for their actions in Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong
and the South China Sea.