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Reuters quotes sources within the Chinese state media, citing that the Chinese government has issued strict rules limiting the coverage on the US-China trade war.

The Govt is worried that unrestrained reporting could spark instability or roil its already jittery financial markets.

A memo based on a set of directives issued verbally by government officials read: “When exposing and criticizing American words and actions, be careful not to link it to Trump and instead to aim it at the U.S. government.”

The memo added media outlets must help “stabilize the economy, growth, employment, stabilize foreign trade, investment, finance, stabilize the stock market, the foreign exchange market, the housing market, and basically stabilize the peoples’ thinking, hearts and expectations”.