US China relationship is taking another form with below the belt punches and nonsensical theatrics is now the theme. From global issues like trade, currency, espionage to health, the two superpowers are now going after media, intimidating both press organisations in their respective nations.
On June 22, America issued a statement re-designating Chinese media organistions based in US to foreign mission which automatically puts pressure on the journalist and those working there. The status accorded to China Central Television, the People’s Daily, the Global Times and China New Service no longer have press immunity, in fact under foreign mission people working for these media could have their Visa rescinded or restricted anytime. Trump issued a Visa ban on Chinese official who were involved in the Hong Kong security Act legislation.
Like a chess game, China countered the response with its own browbeating tactics on US media organisations bases in Beijing. Chinese Administration has asked Associated Press, United Press International, Columbia Broadcasting System and National Public Radio to submit in written all information about their operation, manpower, financial standing and declare all their assets. China has been very careful dealing with the media, this is the first time a tough position has been declared by the PRC. The Middle Kingdom does not take dissent lightly, and have been lenient to foreign media in the country but has been known to arrest journalists and editors in the past.
Reports of activist and anyone who speak against Xi’s government are either hauled up by the police or go missing for weeks or even years.
It claims the latest move on American media is necessary and reciprocal countermeasures in response to the unreasonable oppression conducted by the US. Here we are thinking to ourselves, China what do you think you are doing ?