U.S. designates 4 more Chinese media organizations as foreign diplomatic missions

US labels China's top 9 state-run media houses as'foreign missions

Trump Administration Labels 4 More Chinese News Outlets 'Foreign Missions'

"It simply recognizes them for what they are", she said, adding that the move "increases transparency relating to the CCP and PRC government's media activities in the United States".

All nine Chinese state-run news organisations will be required to report details of their US-based staff and real estate transactions to the State Department.

Entities designated as such must adhere to the same administrative requirements as foreign embassies and consulates in the USA, requiring them to provide information about their personnel and property holdings in the U.S. "People" s Daily, it goes without saying, is the official newspaper of the central committee of the Chinese Communist Party, and then Global Times is wholly owned by People's Daily and takes its direction from them, he added. While journalistic advocacy group Reporters Without Borders has praised the United States citizens kicked out of China for bravely reporting in the face of adversity, it has been noticeably silent regarding the Chinese journalists unceremoniously thrown out of the US.

The designation, which raises restrictions on the outlets' US operations, applies to: China Central Television, China's state broadcaster; China News Service, one of the regime's largest news outlets, which is run by the CCP's United Front Work Department; the People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the CCP; and the Global Times, an affiliate of People's Daily.

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Then in March, the US administration capped the number of journalists from the five allowed to work in the U.S.at 100, down from about 160.

Earlier the United States had designated five outlets including the Xinhua News Agency as foreign missions.

China has already expelled more than a dozen American journalists as part of the row.

China responded by expelling American journalists working for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post from its borders.

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