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US to treat China state media as foreign missions, tightening rules

February 18, 2020

The United States said Tuesday it will treat Chinese state media organizations as foreign missions, tightening rules on them as US officials decried what they described as Beijing’s growing propaganda.

Five outlets including the Xinhua news agency and the China Global Television Network will now need State Department approval to buy property in the United States and be required to submit lists of all employees, including US citizens, officials said.

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.