The United States State Department has designated five Chinese media companies as agents of the Communist Party of China, reports published Tuesday afternoon claim.
According to Fox News and Washington Post, the designation has been under consideration since December, goes into effect immediately and includes the following five companies: Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily Distribution Corporation, and Hai Tian Development. (RELATED: Here’s How Republican Lawmakers Are Taking The Fight To Chinese Propaganda)
Just last month, Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr calling on the Justice Department to force Xinhua to register as an agent of the Chinese government. An investigation from the Free Beacon additionally found that China Daily had published “hundreds of propaganda articles designed to resemble authentic news reports in the pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.”
Documents obtained by Fox News dictate that the companies must “adhere to certain administrative requirements that also apply to foreign embassies and consulates in the United States,” including passing along a list of all personnel and real estate holdings in the U.S. to the State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions.
The State Department did not immediately respond to Daily Caller’s request for comment on the designations.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.