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US Announces to Designate Four More Chinese Media Organizations as Foreign Diplomatic Missions

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The US has decided to designate 4 more Chinese media organizations as foreign diplomatic missions. According to the Trump administration, four more Chinese media organizations are working under the control of the Chinese communist party.

Earlier this year, the US had also designated five other Chinese outlets as foreign missions and put a capping on all the Chinese journalists working in those organizations. Criticizing the act of the US, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that it would decrease their reporting abilities.

In addition to this, it has added that it is also the violation of freedom of speech and press. Zhao Ljjian, the spokesperson of the ministry has said that the US must not indulge in the cold war and it should nullify this action to avoid harmful situations for both sides.

David Stilwell, the State Department’s assistant secretary for East Asia and Pacific affairs said that China Central Television, People’s Daily, Global Times, and China News Service are supposed to report details about their US staffing and US real estate holdings to the State Department. He even called these Chinese media organizations as propaganda outlets.

With every passing day, the relations between China and the US are taking a negative turn. Especially, the issue of coronavirus pandemic has intensified the blame game between the two countries. China has also expelled journalists from many news agencies such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

When asked about China’s retaliatory action of expelling the US journalists, Stilwell ruled out its connection with the step of Trump administration. Things are becoming very messy between the two nations and they don’t seem to enter in a better position in the near future.

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Rural America needs help with Affordable Housing

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America has been facing the issue of affordable housing in major cities and fast-growing urban areas for so many years now, that we almost take it for granted. But what we did not see coming, as a nation, was the same problem sprouting in rural America. This is what is going on, right now, as people from all financial spectrums struggle to find a house that they can afford. Here is why and which solutions should be looked at.

Not enough Jobs, Education and Health Care Availability

What explains housing difficulties is the same as in all other economic sectors: The offer is not sufficient for the demand. And why is that, in rural America? The answer is simple: There are not enough jobs to be handed out in these parts. Also, the children lack sufficient education, and the people are not provided with good health care facilities. Therefore, you don’t find contractors that want to build more homes to invest in the future, in these regions, even though there are more people living there, every year.

Also, most of the houses that exist need to be renovated. They require new facade systems, in order to become more energy efficient. The people that live in these parts, barely make enough to make ends meet, and they have to pay higher energy bills, simply because they can’t afford new aluminium windows and doors, that would greatly reduce their costs. New sustainable materials need to be added outside their walls, to protect their home from high or low temperatures outside. But instead, they are simply fighting each other to find a house that they can live in, at an inflated price, and that won’t even provide them sufficient protection in the warmest and coolest months of the year.

Public Investment is required to start the Process

Money is at the core of the problem. To built more houses, or to renovate the ones that already exist in rural America, a large investment will need to be made. Since it is clear that private owners are scared to enter into this rebuilding of the land by themselves, the different levels of governments need to envision new help plans that will make all this possible. But it isn’t the only investment they must make.

Today, wages are not growing as fast as they were before. We find ourselves in uncertain times, thanks to the COVID-19 crisis and the current war going on in Ukraine. Having a larger part of the population to buy a house, is simply impossible in view of these issues. And yet, this is exactly what rural America needs. Therefore, young adults need to be helped, in some ways, in order to create a larger group of potential home buyers. This will help kick-start the market of housing in rural America, which hopefully will create a dynamic that will continue on, with wealthier individuals investing in construction, in these areas.

Affordable housing has become a necessity in rural America. Otherwise, small towns will continue to disappear. This is not a long-term solution for a growing America, that wants to lead by example.

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