The US State Department has announced a sharp reduction in the number of Chinese state-owned media employees who are allowed to work in the United States.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo explained that the move was a response to "increasingly harsh surveillance, harassment and intimidation" of American media workers in China.
"Our goal is reciprocity. As in other areas of US-Chinese relations, we are striving to create long-overdue equal conditions. We hope that these actions will prompt Beijing to a more equitable approach to us and other foreign press in China on a reciprocal basis," Pompeo said in a statement released Tuesday.
"Our goal is reciprocity. As in other areas of US-China relations, we seek to create a long-overdue level playing field. We hope that these actions will encourage Beijing to take a fairer approach to the US and other foreign press in China on a reciprocal basis, " Pompeo said in a statement released on Tuesday.
It was reported that in February, Beijing decided to revoke the accreditation in China of three correspondents of the Wall Street Journal.
In accordance with the instructions of the State Department, from March 13, the number of employees of state-owned Chinese media should be reduced from 160 at present to 100, when the restrictions come into force.
Xinhua News Agency will be able to have 59 employees, China Global Television Network - 30, the English-language newspaper China Daily - nine, China International Radio - two.