The United States has instructed China to shutdown its consulate in Houston, Texas by Friday. The move was described by Beijing as a political provocation. The US State Department has claimed that the decision to protect American intellectual property has been made.
Wang Wenbin, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said the decision was outrageous and unjustified. He suggested that at least one of the American consulates in China could be closed. Mr. Wang, who described the decision as unprecedented and illegal under international law, also described it as the latest in a series of aggressions.
He said the U.S. government has blamed China for some with stigma and unjustified attacks on the Chinese social system, harassing Chinese American diplomatic and consular personnel, intimidating and interrogating Chinese students, and confiscating their electrical equipment, and even without it Reason arrested.
The statement has been published for some time amid increasing tensions between the United States and China. The U.S. government has had several clashes with China over the trade and current pandemic that is taking the world by storm.
The most recent verbal battle was the new security law that Beijing passed in Hong Kong. The U.S. Department of Justice has also accused China of sponsoring hackers targeted at laboratories that have developed Covid-19 vaccines. US accused two Chinese nationals of allegedly spying on companies researching and developing vaccines
China responded to the decision and urged the United States to rethink that if they insist on taking the wrong path, they will take decisive countermeasures. This was another blow to the rapidly deteriorating relationship between these two countries.
A few hours after the US government informed China that its consulate in Houston was closing, smoke was seen flaring from a courtyard and employees were seen dumping what appeared to be documented into burning barrels though it has been validated.
On Tuesday evening, the Houston police and fire departments responded to fire reports, but did not enter the building because China still held sovereignty.
The order to close the Chinese consulate in Houston is the Trump administration’s recent move to tighten control over Chinese diplomats, scholars, journalists, and others in the country.
There were other restrictions, including diplomatic travel restrictions and the requirement for several Chinese state news organizations to register as diplomatic units.
Although the order is now a serious matter, even if it is not unprecedented in times of diplomatic tension, it is not the first time that the United States has issued such orders.
However, under the Trump administration in 2017, Russia has also instructed to shutdown its consulate in San Francisco. Russia has also been ordered to close two of its two annexes near Washington and New York. This move was called retaliation when Russia restricted the number of American diplomats in Moscow.
The move also resulted from the excitement over Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, the consequences of which can still be felt despite Trump’s attempted contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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