News agency Reuters reported that the United States is likely to put four additional state-run Chinese media outlets in the category of foreign embassies. This they said will increase restrictions on their operations on American soil.
The state-run Chinese media that are likely to be in the line of fire include China Central Television (CCTV), the top state-owned network, and China News Service, the country’s second-largest state-owned news agency among others.
Earlier five Chinese outlets were placed under restrictions in February over US allegations that they were used by China and its Communist rulers to spread propaganda, the agency reported.
The development means the news outlets will have to register their employees and US properties with the State Department. The news agency said it did not get a response either from the White House and State Department as well as the Chinese embassy in Washington.