This scathing attack comes after the United States accused these media outlets of acting as mouthpieces for the Beijing administration. It will be a move that is only likely to increase tensions between the two superpowers and the world’s strongest economies. Senior US diplomat for East Asia, David Stilwell mentioned the outlets affected by this label would be China Central Television, the China News Service, the People’s Daily and the Global Times.
It is believed that these organisations are “propaganda outlets” and are under the control of the Chinese Communist Party, who are the current governors.
“The Communist Party does not just exercise operational control over these propaganda entities, but it has full editorial control over their content,” Stilwell told reporters.
The Chinese embassy in Washington has apparently still not decided to give a comment yet on the situation.
However, it’s likely there will be some form of reply coming from a CCP official.
President Donald Trump stops to speak to the media in the rain on the South Lawn of the White House
Plans for the new media outlet designations were first reported by Reuters earlier this month.
Since Donald Trump has taken office, US-China relations have been at an all-time low.
Especially now as President Trump has decided to take a tough line on China ahead of his bid to secure re-election as President in November.
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It’s also come to light, from John Bolton’s new book, that President Trump consulted Chinese President about trying to help him win a second term.
They have also been locking heads over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
President Trump has accused Beijing of failing to be able to contain the virus and control the spread, which has now led to a global lockdown.
Furthermore, there has been China’s increasing encroachment into Hong Kong, which has raised alarm bells for many countries like the US and UK, who want to see Hong Kong retain its liberty.
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In February the State Department declared five other Chinese outlets as foreign embassies.
This would require the outlets in question to inform the US State Department of their personnel rosters and real-estate holdings.
Washington also made a further announcement back in March, that only 100 journalists are allowed to now work at US offices of major Chinese media outlets.
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The reason for this slash in numbers is down to Beijing’s “long-standing intimidation and harassment of journalists.”
China has rebutted to this attack by stating they will expel correspondents from the New York Times, News Corp, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.
Stilwell said Monday’s action was not intended to reduce journalistic activity by foreign media outlets and that the United States remained committed to press freedom.
Both Stilwell and Morgan Ortagus, a spokesperson from the State Department refused to take questions from Reuters on how US allies in Asia had reacted to John Bolton’s new book.
John Bolton’s new book
They passed it off by saying that it was not the purpose of the briefing.
Ortagus asked that a Reuters reporter’s line be muted when he again pursued the question on Bolton.
A further example of White House communications staff cutting off journalists when questions don’t go their way.
In response to a follow-up question, Stilwell said he was too busy to pay attention to the book.
The book recalls Trump liaising with President Xi in order to help win re-election as well as details meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
In particular, highlighting how their second summit in Vietnam fell apart.
Trump has said Bolton is “disgruntled” and “a liar”.