U.S. to slash Chinese nationals permitted to work at U.S. state-owned media outlets

United States said it was slashing the number of Chinese nationals permitted to work at the U.S. offices of major Chinese state-owned media outlets to retaliate against Beijing’s “long-standing intimidation and harassment of journalists.”

Describing the latest U.S. move as political oppression of the Chinese media, Beijing signaled that it intends to respond to the measures which it said have seriously harmed bilateral relations.

Citing a “deepening crackdown” on all forms of independent reporting inside China, Trump administration officials said Beijing’s attacks on free speech were worse than they were a decade ago, comparing them to those of the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.

At a briefing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters that Beijing resolutely opposes the latest actions by Washington and said it has never restricted the number of U.S. media outlets or journalists allowed to operate in China.

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