China required delegations of six media of the United States, a written statement on its personnel, finances, operations and real estate in the Asian country, in response to the latest restrictions on the activity of many other Chinese media in the United States.
The measure reaches the television network American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the newspaper Los Angeles Times, Newsweek magazine, Minnesota Public Radio, and Feature Story News and The Bureau of National Affairs (the latter, an affiliate of the Bloomberg agency).
The media have seven days to deliver the requested information, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian explained last night in a statement issued last night, adding that it is a response to the “repression and stigmatization they face. the chinese press and its staff in the United States. “
“China asks USA cease its political oppression and its arbitrary restrictions on the Chinese press. If they continue on the wrong path, there will be more retaliation on our part, “he said.
Washington announced on October 21 that it will restrict the activity of other six chinese media, considering that they make “propaganda” of the Communist Party of China (CCP).
The financial and technology news portal Yicai, the Jiefang Daily, Xinmin Evening, are on that list. News y Economic Daily and Beijing Review and Social Sciences in China Press, which specializes in scholarly publications.
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, affirmed then that Washington “is not putting any restrictions to what these means can publish” and that its intention is “to make sure that the American people, the consumers of information, can differentiate between the news written by the free press and the propaganda distributed by the CCP. “
The US will treat those six media as if they were diplomatic missions of the Chinese government, with which journalists will be subject to the same restrictions as diplomats.
These restrictions are in addition to those that Washington imposed in February and March on nine other Chinese media, including the state news agency Xinhua, the official CGTN television; the China Radio International station; the official English newspaper China Daily and the company that distributes it, Hai Tian Development USA.
They were also punished by the USA the state television station CCTV; the state news agency China News Service, the People’s Daily and the Global Times, both from the same state media group.
Additionally, in March, the US announced limits on the number of Chinese nationals that Xinhua, CGTN, China Radio International and China Daily can have on US soil. In response, Beijing in March expelled the US correspondents de los diarios The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal y The Washington Post.
He also ordered the Chinese delegations of those three newspapers, as well as Time magazine and the US state media Voice of America, that declare in writing the information about their personnel, finances, operations and real estate in the Asian country.