Media War: Trump orders 4 Chinese news outlets to cut U.S. staff

The Trump administration on Monday ordered four Chinese news outlets to cut their U.S. staffs by more than one-third. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. was merely seeking a “long-overdue level playing field.”

Even with the cuts, the Chinese outlets’ employees will outnumber the roughly 75 American journalists operating in China. U.S. officials noted that the move was the latest in a series of strikes in a media war between the U.S. and China.

Two weeks ago, the State Department said it was designating five Chinese news organizations as organs of the Chinese government, requiring them to register as foreign missions.

China expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters after the newspaper published an opinion piece criticizing Beijing’s response to the coronavirus outbreak in central China.

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