US ready to tighten control over Chinese media on its territory

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The United States can recognize at least four state media in China as foreign agents, which will increase restrictions for them in the United States.

Sources said the State Department’s measures, which will undoubtedly lead to further fueling tensions between the US and China, could be taken as early as June 4.

This follows from President Donald Trump’s statement on retaliatory measures against Beijing in connection with his intentions to strengthen control over Hong Kong.

The media list is expected to include China Central Television (CCTV), the leading state network, and China News Service, the country’s second largest state news agency, said two sources on condition of anonymity.

They will be added to five Chinese news agencies, which were restricted in February to accuse the US of being used by China and its communist rulers to spread propaganda.

Like others, they will have to register their employees and US property with the Department of State, similar to the rules for embassies and other diplomatic missions.

The White House and the State Department did not respond to requests for comment. Nor did the Chinese embassy in Washington respond.

Tensions between Washington and Beijing increased sharply as Trump and his aides complained that China was hiding information about the outbreak of coronavirus, and also decided to tighten control over Hong Kong, which the US has always perceived as the world financial center.

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