The United States on Tuesday tightened rules on Chinese state media organizations as it classified them as foreign missions, decrying what US officials described as Beijing’s growing “propaganda.” In a step likely to anger Beijing, the State Department told five outlets including the Xinhua news agency and the China Global Television Network that they will need to seek approval to buy any property.
“There is no dispute that all five of these entities are part of the (Chinese) party-state propaganda news apparatus and they take their orders directly from the top,” an official told reporters on condition of anonymity. “We all know these guys have been state-controlled forever, but that control has gotten stronger over time, and it’s far more aggressive,” he said.
On Monday at a White House press briefing on coronavirus, President Donald Trump asked a Chinese reporter from the pro-Beijing television network, Hong Kong Phoenix TV, whether she was working “for China.”
This woman is a reporter for Phoenix TV— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 6, 2020
US Intelligence identified Phoenix TV as a “major overseas outlet used to spread propaganda & promote the policies of the Communist government in Beijing”
RT if she should be removed from the White House grounds pic.twitter.com/Y6hpmyg3F3