On Monday, The State Department designated four Chinese-owned media outlets in the United States as “foreign missions,” which means they are basically tools of the Chinese government.
China Central Television (CCTV), China News Service (CNS), the People’s Daily, and the Global Times are the media outlets the State Department designated.
The designation will require the outlets to operate under the same rules as foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S., but will not otherwise change how they operate on a daily basis.
The outlets will be required to releasing their personnel rosters and real estate holdings if requested by the U.S.
Symbolically, though, the designation is a recognition that the outlets are not impartial in their news coverage, but are controlled by the Chinese Communist party.
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