The latest issue involving foreign journalists in both countries appears poised to escalate, as Hua Chunying, another foreign ministry spokesperson, posted on social media Tuesday: "Now the USA kicked off the game, let's play".
The U.S. announcement followed the expulsion of three Wall Street Journal reporters in China last month over an opinion column that the foreign ministry called racist and the release of survey results by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) showing a continuing deterioration in working conditions for foreign media in China.
The new rules for the propaganda outfits come on the heels of China's decision to expel three Wall Street Journal reporters after the US outlet published an opinion column that China said was offensive.
China says it will retaliate against the United States about its recent decision to limit the number of Chinese citizens it will allow into the United States. Secretary of State Pompeo said the decision to implement this personnel cap is not based on any content produced by the five Chinese entities, nor does it place any restrictions on what the designated entities may publish in the US. Another reporter with the paper had to leave a year ago after Beijing declined to renew his visa. -China relations amid a deteriorating media environment in China, the officials said.
A spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry said the FCCC report was "inappropriate", and that China does not recognize the organization.
It stated because President Xi Jinping took power in 2013, China has compelled 9 global reporters to leave the nation, either via outright expulsion or non-renewal of visas.
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Pompeo cited China's "increasingly harsh surveillance, harassment, and intimidation against American and other foreign journalists operating in China" in his statement announcing the visa cap. -China relationship, we seek to establish a long-overdue level playing field.
"We've issued 3,000 I visas to Chinese nationals working in the U.S. media space", said an administration official.
"Yesterday afternoon, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, together with the National Health Commission, held a video exchange meeting with experts on the new corona pneumonia epidemic in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, Turkmenistan, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Secretariat", Zhao Lijian said during his regular briefing held here.
Beijing has strongly condemned Washington's decision to take measures against Chinese journalists working in the country, and has hinted that it will take reciprocal steps against American media. In addition, they are required to register properties that they rent or own in the U.S.
The exceptions in China are the foreign correspondents, whose reports provide rare windows into the world's second-largest economy, especially during events that affect the world like the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Last year, another Journal reporter was also forced out of the country last year after China declined to renew his visa.
"The influence and pressure brought to bear on foreign journalists in China", the report concludes, "reflects how Chinese authorities extend their reach and scope in chilling ways to ensure the "China story" has but one narrative - theirs".
"The Chinese Communist Party kicked out real journalists because their publication reported the facts", Cotton said in a statement.