The State Department denounced 4 organizations - China Central Television, the China News Service, the People's Daily and the Global Times - as foreign missions and "propaganda outlets", adding to 5 others designated in February.
"These four entities are not media outlets; they are propaganda outlets", David Stilwell, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, told reporters.
State Department officials said the four organizations, including state-run CCTV, would be required to submit a list of everyone who works for them in the US and any real estate holdings just as they would if they were foreign embassies or consulates.
A State Department statement said the CCP has reorganized China's state propaganda outlets disguised as news agencies and asserted even more direct control over them over the past decade.
Stilwell said Monday's action was not meant to reduce journalistic activity by foreign media outlets and that the United States remained committed to press freedom.
Entities designated as such must adhere to the same administrative requirements as foreign embassies and consulates in the US, requiring them to provide information about their personnel and property holdings in the U.S.
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The U.S. designated Soviet outlets as foreign missions during the Cold War. The move signals a downturn in the US-Chinese relationship and raises the total to nine organizations that have received that label from the State Department this year.
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"I got to witness this firsthand when I was in Beijing working with a friend who was an advisor to the China Daily outlet there, and he explained to me exactly how the party apparatus works inside of a paper like that to ensure that the word they were putting out was in fact aligned with what the Communist Party wanted". "It's a fair thing to point out as China tries to ridiculously rewrite history", she said.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry official said Beijing and New Delhi were looking to "control and alleviate the situation through dialogue and consultation".
The telephone briefing on press freedoms in China and the United States turned testy when a Reuters reporter tried to ask Stilwell a question about Bolton's book and the administration's China policy. Those are Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily Distribution Corp. and Hai Tian Development USA, Inc.
In February, China separately expelled three journalists from The Wall Street Journal after the newspaper ran an opinion piece with a headline that called the country the "sick man of Asia" - a word choice Beijing called racist.