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BLOG: State Department Designates Chinese Media Outlets as "Foreign Missions"

February 21, 2020,

In line with recent attempts to limit foreign influence in the United States, the U.S. State Department has designated five major Chinese state-run media companies as “foreign missions.”

The Foreign Missions Act defines a foreign mission as an entity that is “substantially owned or effectively controlled” by a foreign government.[1] Designating a company as a “foreign mission” requires it to adhere to requirements similar to those imposed on embassies and consulates in the U.S. The Act requires each company to register the locations of any properties they own or rent in the U.S., get permission to lease or purchase additional properties, and disclose the names of their employees in the U.S.

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[1] 22 U.S.C. § 4302(3).

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