How The Middle Kingdom Covers Us

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher claims that the Chinese government doesn't just intimidate American journalists, it also effectively uses its state media correspondents as spies in the USA:

Of the hundreds of Chinese nationals sent to the United States every year, some may be real reporters, but many function as intelligence officers; they report on what's happening in the United States on issues of concern to Chinese leaders — including the movements of Tibetan activists and Chinese dissidents — and write secret cables accessible only to a select few.

Furthermore "the Ministry of State Security [A Chinese ministry roughly equivalent to the CIA and FBI] also makes extensive use of the news media covers, sending agents abroad as correspondents for the state news agency Xinhua and as reporters for newspapers such as the People's Daily and China Youth Daily."