The Chinese Foreign Ministry slammed on Tuesday the latest move by the US administration to limit the number of US-based employees at several major Chinese news organisations as a "Cold War mindset."
The ministry's official, Zhao Lijian, added that the US move has caused a serious negative impact on bilateral relations and that Beijing reserves the right to respond.
The day before, a senior State Department official said that under the new restrictions, China’s state media entities will have to reduce their Chinese personnel in the United States to 100.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated earlier that the penalty came in response to China’s restrictions on American journalists. Last month, China revoked press credentials of three Wall Street Journal (WSJ) journalists over what the Chinese Foreign Ministry called a "racially discriminatory" article.