China Central Television, China News Service, the People's Daily and the Global Times were all designated Monday as foreign missions as they are "substantially owned or effectively controlled" by the Chinese government, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
The United States has officially designated four Chinese state owned media entities as foreign missions.
State department officials said they were taking the action to make it clear to American citizens that the organisations are viewed by the USA government as propaganda organs for a foreign government.
Specific and rigid control of the information flow has become even more stringent in China in recent years, Stilwell added, explaining that the Chinese approach is a clear impediment to journalistic thought and expression.
The big picture: This is the latest step in a media war between the US and China that has escalated during the pandemic. That precedent reflects the bitter state of relations between the United States and China, which are at odds over the origin and response to the coronavirus, trade, human rights and other issues.
The book, excerpts of which have already been widely circulated, says Trump solicited President Xi Jinping's help to win re-election and details meetings between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, including how their second summit in Vietnam fell apart.
"I got to witness this firsthand when I was in Beijing working with a friend who was an advisor to the China Daily outlet there, and he explained to me exactly how the party apparatus works inside of a paper like that to ensure that the word they were putting out was in fact aligned with what the Communist Party wanted. It's a fair thing to point out, as China tries to ridiculously rewrite history... ridiculously blame the coronavirus on American soldiers", McEnany said. Their news reporting will not be restricted, officials said.
"We strongly urge the United States to abandon the Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice, and immediately stop and correct this wrong practice that serves no one's interest".
One Chinese official, Lijian Zhao, falsely accused the U.S. Army in March of introducing the coronavirus to China past year.
China retaliated at the time by booting American reporters for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post, calling out the "oppression" of its reporters by a nation that promotes itself as a bastion of press freedom.
Associated Press writer Kevin Freking contributed.