State Department designates 4 more Chinese news outlets as propaganda

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The move follows a similar designation given to the Chinese news outlets Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television (CGTN), China Radio International, China Daily, and Hai Tian Development USA in February.

"These entities are not independent news organisations".

"I can't hold up actions to protect ourselves and the American people from their sort of intrusive propaganda machine that comes into our country - that we invited in - out of concern that they are somehow going to take unfortunate and unrelated actions inside the PRC", he said, referring to the country by the initials of its official name, the People's Republic of China.

The Trump administration on Monday designated four more Chinese state-run media organization as foreign missions, including China Central Television, whose headquarters are located in Beijing.

A State Department statement said the CCP has reorganized China's state propaganda outlets disguised as news agencies and asserted even more direct control over them over the past decade. You can't say that they are accomplishing it specially mainly because we're performing to them.

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It's run by the United Front Work Department and they report directly to the central committee of the Chinese Communist Party.

They join five other Chinese outlets - Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily Distribution Corporation, and Hai Tian Development USA - which were designated as foreign missions on February 18.

"The Communist Party does not just exercise operational control over these propaganda entities, but it has full editorial control over their content", he added.

The Justice Department has long required some of the outlets to disclose their media activities under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

In the past month, Chinese state media have reveled in the unrest across the United States following the police custody death of Minnesota man George Floyd, in what observers have said forms part of a propaganda effort to undermine the credibility of the United States and of democratic governance in general.

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