The United States tightened the rules for four major Chinese media outlets, equating them to foreign representations. Restrictions are imposed for China Central Television, China News Service, People’s Daily and Global Times. This decision will reflect their real status as “propaganda channels” under the control of the Chinese Communist Party, Washington believes.
Now they will have to inform the US State Department of their personnel lists and real estate ownership, similar to the rules regarding embassies and other diplomatic missions. The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
US President Donald Trump increases pressure on Beijing, but at the same time does not go to a hard break with China. On May 15, Mr. Trump announced that America “could sever all relations with China” and thereby “save $ 500 billion.” The other day, he signed a bill passed by both houses of Congress allowing sanctions against Chinese officials who, according to Washington, infringe on the rights of the Uyghurs – the largest national minority in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the north-west of the country.