Beijing (CNN Business)China just announced some drastic retaliatory measures against several US media outlets, after Washington designated five Chinese state media outlets as “foreign missions” and capped the number of Chinese journalists working for those outlets in the United States.”In recent years, the US government has placed unwarranted restrictions on Chinese media agencies and personnel in the US, purposely made things difficult for their normal reporting assignments, and subjected them to growing discrimination and politically-motivated oppression,” China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday.One of the measures now requires US national journalists for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post whose press credentials expire before the end of this year to return their press cards. These journalists will not be allowed to conduct reporting in the People’s Republic of China, including in Hong Kong and Macao, and will be effectively expelled since their Chinese residency visas are linked to their press credentials.In February, a senior State Department official announced that effective immediately, Xinhua, China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily and People’s Daily will be designated as “foreign missions,” in accordance with the Foreign Missions Act.The change in designation means

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