Tension as US orders China to Close Houston Consulate

Another dramatic Wednesday in the political system of both China and the United States which has led to another tension uproar in the system as the US government orders to the China government to close its Houston consulate.

Report by PunchNg has it that the declaration was followed after the failed attempt of a Chinese man to steal COVID-19 research work.

The United States has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston in a dramatic escalation of diplomatic tensions between the feuding superpowers.

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Wednesday’s announcement infuriated Beijing, which vowed to retaliate as the two countries squabble over a slew of issues ranging from trade to the coronavirus pandemic and China’s policies in Hong Kong, Xinjiang and the South China Sea.

“We have directed the closure of PRC Consulate General Houston, in order to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told reporters during US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Copenhagen.

She added that under the Vienna Convention states “have a duty not to interfere in the internal affairs” of the receiving state, but there were no further details about the reasons behind the decision.

Before the news emerged, firefighters and police were called to the consulate building in Texas on Tuesday evening on reports that documents were being burned in the courtyard, according to local media.

The Twitter feed of the Houston police force said smoke was observed, but officers “were not granted access to enter the building”.

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In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said China was told Tuesday that the consulate would have to close, calling it an “outrageous and unjustified move which will sabotage China-US relations”.

“China urges the US to immediately withdraw its wrong decision, or China will definitely take a proper and necessary response,” Wang said at a press briefing.

“It is a political provocation unilaterally launched by the US side, which seriously violates international law… and the bilateral consular agreement between China and the US.”

Source: PunchNg

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