The Associated Press, United Press International, CBS News and NPR News must submit relevant paperwork to the Chinese government within seven days, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Wednesday at a regular press briefing.
“China is compelled to take these measures to counter the US’ unreasonable suppression of Chinese media in the US,” Zhao said. “They are entirely self-defense.”
“The US measures are based on Cold War mentality and ideological prejudices,” Zhao added. “They have severely harmed Chinese media’s reputation and image, and seriously disrupted their normal operations in the US.”
The Trump administration and the Beijing government have been engaged in several rounds of tit-for-tat targeting of each other’s media outlets.
— Angus Watson in Sydney contributed to this article.
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