U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the State Department had designated six more Chinese media houses as foreign missions and explained that the move was aimed at “suppressing communist propaganda.”
Pompeo said yesterday that the move was part of an effort to dissuade “the efforts of Chinese communist propaganda” in the United States, Hina reported today.
“We do not place any restrictions on what these publications may publish in the United States; we simply want to ensure that Americans and information users can distinguish between news published by the free press and propaganda distributed by the Chinese Communist Party. “
Pompeo said at a press conference of the State Department that the United States will soon start a dialogue on China with the European Union, and that he will start a tour to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia on Sunday. He expects the meetings to include discussions on how “free nations can work together to prevent threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party.”
It is the latest American step in suppressing Chinese activity in the United States ahead of the November 3 presidential election, and in the campaign, President Donald Trump firmly approached China as a key foreign policy topic.
The editor-in-chief of the Chinese newspaper Global Times estimated that the United States “exaggerated” and that China would retaliate.
“As long as the Chinese media suffer real damage, Beijing will surely retaliate, and the work of the American media in China could be included in the list of revenge,” he announced on Twitter.
The State Department demanded that the Chinese media register as foreign missions and announced in March that it was reducing the number of journalists allowed to work in the American newsrooms of the main Chinese media from 160 to 100.
In response, China expelled a dozen American correspondents from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.
The United States announced last month that it would require Chinese diplomats to obtain State Department approval before visiting U.S. university campuses or holding cultural events with more than 50 people off the mission field.
Washington has on two occasions earlier this year designated a total of nine Chinese media outlets as foreign missions, and now that number has been increased to 15.
The label requires publications to notify the U.S. State Department of the inventory of staff and property.