President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House eyes vote on emergency coronavirus funding Democratic candidates gear up for a dramatic Super TuesdayJudd Gregg: Trump and Pelosi Who’s crazy now?MOREs administration on Monday announced new restrictions against Chinese journalists working for state media, a reaction to how American and other foreign journalists are treated in China.
The administration will implement a personnel cap on five Chinese state-controlled media entities operating in the U.S., Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPence solidifies role as Trump soldierAfghan president rejects Taliban demand for prisoner releaseRepublicans give 2024 tryouts at CPACMORE said in a statement. This means the government will regulate the number of Chinese citizens allowed to work for these entities within the U.S.
The State Department had identified the five media outlets as foreign missions of the Peoples Republic of China last month.
Unlike foreign media organizations in China, these entities are not independent news organizations, the statement from Pompeo read.
The decision to implement this personnel cap is not based on any content produced by these entities, nor does it place any restrictions on what the designated entities may publish in the United States, he continued.
The secretary criticized Chinas increasingly harsh surveillance, harassment, and intimidation against American and other foreign journalists in their country, calling their restrictions misguided.
Pompeo cited that the U.S. has allowed foreign journalists to work freely and without the threat of reprisal.
Our goal is reciprocity, Pompeo said. As we have done in other areas of the U.S.-China relationship, we seek to establish a long-overdue level playing field. It is our hope that this action will spur Beijing to adopt a more fair and reciprocal approach to U.S. and other foreign press in China.
U.S. administration officials said the rules would also put a duration of stay on all Chinese nationals working in the U.S. on I visas, for foreign media workers, according to Axios.
One senior administration official told Axios that “The objective is to introduce a degree of fairness in our relationship with China.”
China had recently expelled three Wall Street Journal employees, after the foreign ministry said an op-ed headline in the newspaper was racist. The expulsions came after the Trump administration designated the five media outlets as under control of the Chinese government.