US shuts down Chinese consulate in Houston as tensions mount
The US told China to close its consulate in Houston on Friday; a move China called a “political provocation”. The Houston Consulate is one of five consulates in the United States, not including the Embassy in Washington DC. The United States justified its decision by citing the need to protect American intellectual property and information against Chinese espionage.
“We have ordered the closure of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston, in order to protect American intellectual property and American private information,”State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told reporters during the report to the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Copenhagen.
- He added that under the Vienna Convention, nation states “have a duty not to interfere in the internal affairs” of the host state, but there were no further details. on the reasons for the decision.
- In another statement, the State Department said China has been involved in massive espionage and influence operations across the United States for years. “These activities have grown significantly in scale and scope in recent years,” he said.
- Beijing condemned the order and threatened retaliation. A source said China is considering shutting down the US consulate in Wuhan city.
- Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Tuesday that China had been told its Houston consulate was to close, calling it “a scandalous and unwarranted move that would sabotage” China-state relations. United.
- “China urges the United States to immediately withdraw its bad decision, otherwise China will certainly take an appropriate and necessary response,” Wang said at a press conference.
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