Pompeo says designating six China-based media firms as foreign missions

US tightens rules on more Chinese media outlets - The Jakarta Post

Mr Pompeo said the move was part of efforts to push back against "Chinese communist propaganda efforts" in the United States.

"We " ll continue to urge Sri Lanka to advance democratic governance, human rights, reconciliation, religious freedom, and justice, which promote the country " s long-term stability and prosperity and ensure the dignity and equality of all Sri Lanka " s diverse communities", Thompson said.

Next month, India will host Malabar, the biggest naval exercises in years, with the United States, Japan and Australia, which China has in the past opposed.

The US move amounts to "political oppression" and comes from a Cold War mentality, China's foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular news conference in Beijing yesterday.

"There is great further potential in our defense cooperation", an Indian official said.

Ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Colombo next week, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, Dean Thompson, told reporters that the USA wants to partner with Sri Lanka on their shared goals of sustainable economic development and a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The decision exposes the hypocrisy of the so-called press freedom the US has always been boasting, said Zhao, urging the USA side to immediately correct its wrongdoing and stop placing any groundless restrictions on Chinese media outlets.

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"This is the latest political suppression and stigmatisation of the Chinese media and journalists by the United States, and China will make the necessary response in due course", he said, urging the USA to change its decision.

The island is a key part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative but the government has in recent years sought to improve ties with India, United States and Japan. Similar measures had earlier been imposed on nine Chinese outlets.

The State Department this week approved the potential sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan, including sensors, missiles and artillery that could have a total value of $1.8 billion.

China claims almost all of the South China Sea, though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam claim parts of it.

Washington asked Indonesia in July and August to grant landing and refueling rights to its P-8 surveillance planes, which monitor Chinese military activity in the resource-rich waterway.

The offer, first reported by Reuters, was rebuffed by Jokowi, according to four senior officials.

"The United States is publicly recognizing that reality through these designations", she said. With regard to your question on China in particular, I think we're looking to frame a discussion with them about a more positive trajectory, as I mentioned in my opening remarks.

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