In recent years, the U.S. government has imposed unwarranted restrictions on the normal news reporting activities of Chinese media bodies and personnel in the United States, making things difficult for them for no reason; and has continuously escalated its discrimination and political repression of Chinese media. In particular, in December 2018, the U.S. requested that Chinese media bodies in the United States be registered as "foreign agents", and in February 2020, the U.S. listed five Chinese media bodies based in the United States as "foreign missions", Subsequently imposing a number limit on the five U.S. based media bodies mentioned above, thus covertly "expelling" a large number of Chinese media reporters. China immediately made stern statements to the U.S. about its wrongful steps, expressing firm opposition and strong condemnation, and stressing that it reserved the right to respond and take measures.
China announces for immediate implementation:
First, in response to the U.S. listing five Chinese media agencies in the United States as "foreign missions", China has requested that five U.S. media agencies in China, namely "Voice of America", "New York Times", "Wall Street Journal", "Washington Post" and "Time Weekly", submit written materials to China with declarations of information such as all staff, finance, management and real estate owned in China.
Second, in response to the US side's drastic reduction and actual expulsion of employees of Chinese media bodies in the United States, China requires American citizen journalists at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post whose press cards expire before the end of the year to report their names to the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within 4 days from now and return their press cards within 10 days. From here on, they will no longer be allowed to continue their work as journalists in the People's Republic of China, including Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions.
Third, in response to the discriminatory restrictive measures that the US has imposed on Chinese journalists with regard to visas, administrative reviews, and reporting, China will take reciprocal measures against American journalists.
The above-mentioned measures by China are entirely necessary and reciprocal countermeasures that China has been compelled to take against the U.S.'s unreasonable suppression of Chinese media bodies in the United States, and are an entirely legitimate and reasonable defense. The relevant U.S. practices are specifically aimed at the Chinese media, are based on Cold War thinking and ideological prejudice, seriously damage the reputation and image of the Chinese media, seriously affect the normal operation of the Chinese media in the United States, seriously interfere with the normal cultural exchanges between China and the United States, and expose the hypocrisy of its self-proclaimed so-called "freedom of the press". China urges the US side to immediately change course, correct mistakes, and stop political repressing and unreasonably restricting the Chinese media. If the US side insists on going its own way, doubling down on its mistakes, China will definitely take further countermeasures.
China's basic state policy of persisting in opening to the outside world has not changed and will not change; we have always welcomed media and journalists from all over the world to cover and report in China according to in accordance with laws and regulations and we will continue to provide facilitation and assistance. What we oppose is ideological prejudice against China, the use of so-called freedom of the press to cook up fake news, and violations of journalistic ethics. Hopefully, foreign media and journalists will play an active role in promoting mutual understanding between China and the world.