"The Associated Press, United Press International, CBS News and National Public Radio are required to disclose information about their staff".
In a tit-for-tat response, China on Wednesday asked four USA media houses operating in the country to disclose their operations, including finances and staff, according to local media.
The two sides have cracked down more tightly on each other's media since Washington in February named China's state-run Xinhua News Agency and four other organizations as foreign embassies.
These four must submit relevant paperwork to the Chinese government within seven days says China's Foreign Ministry.More news: Dreams is getting PSVR support later this month
Earlier on Wednesday, the editor-in-chief of the state-run Global Times newspaper said China would announce reciprocal curbs on U.S. media outlets.
The Trump administration's moves are rooted in "Cold War thinking" and go against the freedom of the press long espoused by Washington, he said.
Zhao pointed to the Department of State's designation of nine Chinese media outlets as "foreign missions", alleging that they are mouthpieces for Beijing in late June, as justification for the announcement.
"China urges the U.S.to immediately change its course and correct its mistakes and stop the political suppression and unreasonable restrictions of the Chinese media", Zhao said.More news: Samsung not to attend IFA 2020: Report #116929
None is being ordered to leave the USA and no limits on their activities were announced. But some visa restrictions were enforced on five Chinese media outlets in March, limiting the number of staff they can have in the U.S.
"China urges the United States to immediately change course, undo the damage, and stop its political oppression and arbitrary restrictions on Chinese media organizations", Zhao said.
The spokesman stressed on Wednesday that in recent years, the United States government has placed unwarranted restrictions on Chinese media agencies and personnel in the U.S., purposely made things hard for their normal reporting assignments and subjected them to growing discrimination.
After the first group of outlets were ordered to cut their Chinese staff working in the United States, Beijing hit back by expelling more than a dozen U.S. nationals working for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Collectively, they employed about 160 Chinese in the US, meaning about 60 had to leave.More news: Choreographer Saroj Khan passes away at 71