China has threatened the United States to take additional measures if the US pressure continues, stressing that "all options are on the table," amid a new escalation of tension between the two countries.
"We adhere to a clear and unequivocal position and demand that the pressure on the Chinese media be stopped," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Gin Xuan said in a press statement made Wednesday morning, commenting on China's withdrawal of accreditation from a group of US media journalists.
"If the United States continues to go down the wrong path, we will be forced to take additional response measures, and all options are on the table," he said.
The official pointed out that taking measures such as withdrawing the accreditation of journalists fall within the powers of the Chinese government, but he refused to clarify the number of media professionals who will be covered by this decision.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced the withdrawal of accreditation from a group of reporters for the "New York Times", "Washington Post" and "Wall Street Journal", and also called the mentioned newspapers, as well as "Times" and "Voice of America" radio, to provide reports about its employees, funds, transactions and real estate in China.
The move comes in response to the US designating the offices of 5 Chinese media outlets, including Xinhua and CGTN, as "foreign agents", which means reducing the number of its employees, and requiring them to report on their money and purchases to the US government.