China on Wednesday ordered 4 US information shops to reveal particulars on their workers and monetary operations within the nation inside seven days, as a media row escalates between Washington and Beijing.
The Associated Press, United Press International, CBS and NPR should report the data — in addition to particulars of any actual property they maintain in China — in retaliation for Washington’s crackdown this month on 4 Chinese state media shops, international ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stated.
China’s actions are “entirely necessary countermeasures against the United States’ unreasonable oppression of Chinese media organisations in the US”, Zhao stated at a daily press briefing.
The US State Department on June 22 reclassified 4 Chinese state media shops as international missions within the United States, including to 5 others designated in February.
After the primary group of shops had been ordered to chop their Chinese workers working within the United States, Beijing hit again by expelling US nationals working for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
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