Written by Staff Writer
At a press conference in Beijing last month, President Donald Trump announced he will treat China's state media like an arm of the Chinese government.
No more access to White House press conferences, no more state department briefings -- China's government, he said, has pledged to combat Chinese information abroad.
This unprecedented move by the White House is part of a new effort to prevent the country's state media from censoring or altering the American news agenda.
"I think if you look at the news that is happening -- the way it's happening, the tone of it -- and then you look at what China says about it, you realize that China's very much in charge," Trump said at the press conference.
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The Chinese media is already controlled by the government, but analysts believe that this move could undermine efforts by American officials to move the process along.
Under the new US policy, reporters for state media outlets in China will not have access to White House press conferences, and the U.S. State Department could not confirm they would continue to arrange press briefings for Chinese officials during this year's meeting of the annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
Now, staffers at U.S. media outlets, including CNN, CNN International and World Today, face an uncertain future in Beijing.
The restrictions come just weeks after Xi Jinping was praised in a dispatch from state media.
"The President's good judgment and the Chinese government's steadfast support have helped bring back the United States China relationship from the brink of crisis, but the work of the Chinese government's representatives cannot be overestimated," the Xinhua news agency said in an editorial headlined "President Trump gives China a gift."
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