The United States said Tuesday that it would treat Chinese state media organizations as foreign missions and tighten the rules for them, as US officials rejected what they called Beijing's growing propaganda.
Five branches, including the Xinhua news agency and the China Global Television Network, now require US Department of State approval to purchase real estate in the United States and must submit lists of all employees, including U.S. citizens.
The State Department said it would not restrict the Chinese media's journalistic activities in the United States.
State Department officials who said they informed the five outlets about the new rules on Tuesday morning said China has been increasingly monitoring and mobilizing the media since President Xi Jinping took office in 2013.
"It is undisputed that all five of these units are part of the party state's (Chinese) propaganda news machine and take their orders directly from above," an official told reporters on condition of anonymity.
"We all know that these people have been under state control forever, but this control has increased over time and it is far more aggressive to operate outside of the United States," he said.
The other three outlets that the rules apply to are China Radio International and the distributors of the official People's Daily and the English-language China Daily.
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