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FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund in Shanghai, China July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is expected to designate at least two additional Chinese media outlets as foreign missions as soon as Thursday, increasing restrictions on their operations, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
The move would follow President Donald Trump’s announcement on Friday of retaliatory action against Beijing over its tightened grip on Hong Kong. The new designations would add to the five Chinese media outlets placed under restrictions in February amid U.S. allegations they were being used for propaganda purposes.
Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, Humeyra Pamuk, Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom, Editing by Franklin Paul