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US designates six more Chinese companies firms as foreign missions

October 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The United States government has labeled six more Chinese media companies operating in the US as foreign missions in the latest round of tit-for-tat between Beijing and Washington over restrictions on journalists.

(CNN Business)The United States government has labeled six more Chinese media companies operating in the US as foreign missions in the latest round of tit-for-tat between Beijing and Washington over restrictions on journalists.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the decision at a press briefing on Wednesday, saying that the six media companies were "substantially or effectively controlled by a foreign government. "

Once a media company is labeled as a foreign entity in the United States, it is required to submit to the same rules and regulations which cover diplomatic missions, which are stricter than those normally reserved for journalists.

Both the United States and China have been imposing increasingly heavy restrictions on each others' media companies over the past year.

Nine Chinese media companies have already been designated as foreign entities in 2020 by the United States — five in February and four in June.

After the Trump administration announced in March it would cap the number of Chinese citizens employed by state-run media who could report in the United States, Beijing retaliated by expelling journalists from three major US media outlets: the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

In response to Pompeo's announcement on Wednesday, a top Chinese state media editor took to Twitter to claim that the United States had "gone too far. "

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Chinese state-run tabloid Global Times, said on his official Twitter that the decision would "further poison [the] working environment of media outlets in each other's country. "

"As long as Chinese media outlets suffer actual harm, Beijing will definitely retaliate," Hu said.

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