U.S. to impose restrictions on additional Chinese media outlets - sources

U.S. to impose restrictions on additional Chinese media outlets - sources
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The United States is expected to designate at least two additional state-run Chinese media outlets as foreign embassies as soon as Thursday, increasing restrictions on their operations on American soil, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The planned move, which is sure to further inflame U.S.-China tensions, follows President Donald Trump’s announcement on Friday of retaliatory action against Beijing over its tightened grip on Hong Kong. 

The new designations are expected to include China Central Television (CCTV), the top state-owned network in mainland China, and China News Service, the country’s second-largest state-owned news agency, two of the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

They would be added to the list of five Chinese outlets placed under restrictions in February over U.S. allegations they were being used aggressively by China and its Communist rulers to spread pro-Beijing propaganda. 

Like the others, they will be required to register their employees and U.S. properties with the State Department, similar to rules covering foreign embassies and other diplomatic missions. 

The White House and State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment. There was also no immediate answer to a query to the Chinese embassy in Washington.

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