U.S. cracks down on state-controlled Chinese media over propaganda concerns

U.S. cracks down on state-controlled Chinese media over propaganda concerns
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[Ed. – A fair and overdue move. That said, China’s not the only nation the concerns would apply to.]

The Trump administration said on Tuesday said it will begin treating five major Chinese state-run media entities with U.S. operations the same as foreign embassies, requiring them to register their employees and U.S. properties with the State Department.

Two senior state department officials said the decision was made because China has been tightening state control over its media, and Chinese President Xi Jinping has made more aggressive use of them to spread pro-Beijing propaganda. …

Beijing was not informed in advance of the decision and would be notified Tuesday afternoon, one official said.

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