China has announced that it is banning five United States media outlets, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
China said it would revoke the press credentials of Americans working for three major U.S. newspapers in the largest expulsion of foreign journalists in the post-Mao era, amid an escalating battle with the Trump administration over media operating in the two countries.
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday it was demanding that all U.S. nationals working for The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post whose press credentials expire by the end of the year turn those credentials in. The communist nation also wants a list of journalist currently working in the country.
In March, the State Department announced a cap of 100 on the number of Chinese citizens who could be employed in the U.S. for five state-owned media outlets. The reduction from the current total of 160 meant that 60 Chinese nationals would have to leave the country.
In retaliation for the five Chinese media agencies that the US listed as “foreign missions,” China will require five U.S. media outlets — Voice of America, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Time — to submit written reports of their staff, finances, operations, and real estate in China.
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