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Beijing announces retaliation against Washington's 'unreasonable oppression' of Chinese state media by demanding four US media outlets hand in sensitive company information

China has announced its retaliatory measures against Washington's new restrictions on Beijing's state media by demanding four American media outlets provide sensitive company information.
The Associated Press, United Press International, Columbia Broadcasting System and National Public Radio must send a written report about their staff, finance, operation and real estate holdings inside China within seven days, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The news comes after the United States announced last month that it would start treating four major Chinese media outlets as 'foreign embassies', a move that will restrict their operations on American soil.
China has announced its retaliatory measures against Washington's new restrictions on Beijing's state media by demanding four American media outlets provide sensitive company information. This file picture taken on November 9, 2017 shows an American flag being flown next to the Chinese national emblem during a welcome ceremony
China has announced its retaliatory measures against Washington's new restrictions on Beijing's state media by demanding four American media outlets provide sensitive company information. This file picture taken on November 9, 2017 shows an American flag being flown next to the Chinese national emblem during a welcome ceremony
China's actions are 'entirely necessary countermeasures against the United States' unreasonable oppression of Chinese media organisations in the U.S.,' Zhao said at a regular press briefing. The file picture shows Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian
China's actions are 'entirely necessary countermeasures against the United States' unreasonable oppression of Chinese media organisations in the U.S.,' Zhao said at a regular press briefing. The file picture shows Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian
David Stilwell, the senior U.S. diplomat for East Asia, told reporters on June 22 that the designation would affect China Central Television, the China News Service, the People's Daily and the Global Times.
He said the decision reflected their real status as 'propaganda outlets' under the control of the Chinese Communist Party.
China's actions are 'entirely necessary countermeasures against the United States' unreasonable oppression of Chinese media organisations in the U.S.,' Zhao said at a regular press briefing.

The U.S. State Department had already listed five other Chinese media outlets as 'foreign embassies' in February.
All nine outlets 'are effectively controlled by the government of the People's Republic of China,' State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in June.
After the first group of outlets were ordered to cut their Chinese staff working in the United States, Beijing hit back by expelling more than a dozen U.S. nationals working for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi in Hawaii last month, with little apparent effect on soaring bilateral tensions. In this file photo taken on March 25, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi in Hawaii last month, with little apparent effect on soaring bilateral tensions. In this file photo taken on March 25, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference
The U.S. State Department had already listed five other Chinese media outlets as 'foreign embassies'. Beijing also ordered the papers, as well as Voice of America and Time magazine, to declare in writing their staff, finances, operations and real estate in China. This file picture shows the Chinese nationalist newspaper Global Times published on December 12, 2016
The U.S. State Department had already listed five other Chinese media outlets as 'foreign embassies'. Beijing also ordered the papers, as well as Voice of America and Time magazine, to declare in writing their staff, finances, operations and real estate in China. This file picture shows the Chinese nationalist newspaper Global Times published on December 12, 2016
Beijing also ordered the papers, as well as Voice of America and Time magazine, to declare in writing their staff, finances, operations and real estate in China.
Zhao said at a press briefing today that the U.S. restrictions on Chinese media 'exposed the hypocrisy of the so-called press freedom touted by the U.S..'
China urges the U.S. to 'correct its mistakes and stop the political suppression and unreasonable restrictions on Chinese media', Zhao said.
All nine Chinese state-run news organisations are required to report details of their US-based staff and real estate transactions to the State Department. Their news reporting will not be restricted, U.S. officials said in June.
Relations between Beijing and Washington have worsened as the two sides trade barbs over blame for the COVID-19 pandemic and human rights violations.

The United States has led a global backlash against a national security law imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing Tuesday, cutting off defence exports and revoking the financial hub's special trade status.
U.S. President Donald Trump said yesterday that he was growing 'more and more angry at China' over the pandemic, which he blames on Chinese inaction and lack of transparency.
Meanwhile, China has accused the Trump administration of politicising the pandemic to deflect from its own handling of the crisis.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi in Hawaii last month, with little apparent effect on soaring bilateral tensions.

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