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China Criticizes US Controls  10/22 06:11

   China's government on Thursday demanded Washington stop "political 
oppression" of Chinese media after more were ordered to register as foreign 
missions but gave no indication how Beijing might retaliate.

   BEIJING (AP) -- China's government on Thursday demanded Washington stop 
"political oppression" of Chinese media after more were ordered to register as 
foreign missions but gave no indication how Beijing might retaliate.

   The order Wednesday, which requires Chinese media to register their 
employees in the United States, adds to conflict over technology and security 
that have plunged U.S.-Chinese relations to their lowest level in decades.

   A foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Liajian, called the move "political 
oppression."

   "China firmly opposes and strongly condemns unreasonable U.S. actions," Zhao 
said at a regular news briefing. "China urges the United States to change 
course, correct its mistakes and stop the political oppression and unreasonable 
restrictions on Chinese media."

   The latest steps apply to six Chinese newspapers and other media and raise 
the total number of outlets affected to 15.

   Earlier, the Trump administration imposed limits on how many people Chinese 
media can employ and put them on 90-day visas. Beijing retaliated by expelling 
reporters for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street 
Journal and has given remaining American reporters two-month visas.

   The Trump administration contends that Chinese employees of state media act 
more as propagandists and agents for the Communist Party than journalists.

   The latest measures apply to Yicai Global, Jiefang Daily, Xinmin Evening 
News, Social Sciences in China Press, Beijing Review, and Economic Daily. 
Controls announced earlier affect the Xinhua News Agency, China Global 
Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily Distribution Corp., 
Hai Tian Development USA, China Central Television, China News Service, the 
People's Daily and the Global Times.

   Also this year, Washington ordered China's consulate in Houston closed. 
Beijing responded by closing the U.S. Consulate in the western Chinese city of 
Chengdu.

   The Trump administration also has announced sanctions on Chinese officials, 
companies and government agencies for their actions in Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong 
and the South China Sea.

    

 
 
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