The U.S. State Department would soon be implementing restrictions on several Chinese Communist Party state media by designating four of them as foreign embassies.
According to Reuters, the actions taken by the State Department come during escalating tensions between the Chinese Communist Party and the United States due to President Donald Trump’s remarks to the communist regime about mishandling the pandemic.
In addition to five media outlets that received restrictions in February, among the companies that would be susceptible to limitations in their operations are China Central Television (CCTV) and the China News Service, the second largest agency in the country.
As the National Review notes, in March, Chinese media such as Xinhua News and the China Global Television Network were forced by the Donald Trump administration to reduce staff stationed in the United States by up to 40 percent after the Chinese regime expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters from the country.
Now, among the demands to be met by Chinese news agencies would be the enforcement of registration of U.S. employees and property with the State Department, similar to what embassies must do.
So far the CCP state media has used the law and order situations that have arisen in different U.S. states to direct all kinds of criticism, which has also intensified as President Trump takes new measures, such as employing troops to contain the unrest.
Meanwhile, the actions of the Chinese news agencies amid the delicate situation in Hong Kong also raises concerns for the Trump administration, and on May 18 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that the CCP would not interfere with the work of American journalists in Hong Kong.
“It has recently come to my attention that the Chinese government has threatened to interfere with the work of American journalists in Hong Kong. These journalists are members of a free press, not propaganda cadres, and their valuable reporting informs Chinese citizens and the world,” Pompeo said, according to the National Review.
President Trump announced a decision a few days ago to revoke the special status of the Hong Kong Administrative Region after a national security bill was passed by the CCP that sought to ban and criminalize any anti-government movement.
Within the United States, higher education institutions have also become the focus of attention of legislators due to the continuous episodes that have been presented and that evidence the clear infiltration by Chinese agents within American academia.
An example of this was the arrest of a Harvard University professor by federal agents in late January after he was accused of covering up his links with a Chinese entity and a suspicious program promoted under the guise of promoting “scientific development, economic prosperity and national security,” through which the CCP is said to be acquiring sensitive documents and research from American institutions.
Another more recent case of China’s so-called soft power meddling in education came into context after bipartisan university students demanded “the immediate and permanent closure of all Confucius Institutes in the United States” in an open letter.
As the National Review reported, the CCP has funded Confucius Institutes in universities around the world, ostensibly to promote knowledge of the Chinese language and culture. However, U.S. officials have warned that such institutes essentially serve as propaganda for the CCP.