The U.S. decision Monday to add the four organizations to the list, which already included five others, doesn’t directly impede their ability to conduct journalism but could force some to cut staff in the U.S. and is likely to further aggravate relations between the two countries.
State Department officials said the four organizations, including state-run CCTV, will be required to submit the identities of all staff in the U.S. and any real estate holdings just as they would if they were foreign embassies or consulates.
The five other Chinese organizations were directed to cap the number of people they can employ in the United States in March — a month after they were designated as foreign missions.
China responded by revoking the media credentials of all American journalists at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
State Department officials said the organizations are essentially mouthpieces for the Communist Party and Chinese government, not legitimate news outlets.
The U.S. designated Soviet outlets as foreign missions during the Cold War. That precedent reflects the bitter state of relations between the United States and China, which are at odds over the origin and response to the coronavirus, trade, human rights and other issues.
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