US tells Beijing to CLOSE consulate in Houston Texas
(TLB) post: via RT News & ZeroHedge
China Furious After US Abruptly Orders Closure Of Houston Consulate Sparking “Unprecedented Escalation”
(ZH) Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted Wednesday morning that China’s Houston consulate was “a massive spy center”, and that “forcing it to close is long overdue”.
#China’s Houston consulate is a massive spy center, forcing it to close is long overdue.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 22, 2020
(RT) The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the US asked it to close down its consulate in Houston, Texas. Beijing condemned the move, promising retaliation if the decision is not reversed.
The abrupt demand to shut down the consulate is an “unprecedented escalation” of hostilities, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters. He warned that Beijing will retaliate if the US does not reverse its decision.
Wang Wenbin slammed the order to close the consulate as a “political provocation” and “a serious violation of international law.”
China urges the US to immediately revoke this wrong decision. Otherwise, China will make proper and necessary response.
Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of China’s Global Times newspaper, tweeted that Beijing was given 72 hours to vacate the consulate building. “This is a crazy move,” he wrote.
The US asked China to close Consulate General in Houston in 72 hours. This is a crazy move.
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) July 22, 2020
The Chinese spokesperson rejected the recent claim by the US Justice Department that Chinese hackers have tried to steal data on Covid-19 vaccine development. The US must “immediately stop its slander and smearing of China on cyber security issues,” he told the journalists.
US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said the move against the consulate was made to ensure the protection of American intellectual property and persona data of US citizens.
(ZH) State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus […said]”President Trump insists on fairness and reciprocity in U.S.-China relations.”
[Other remarks and observations made]
Notably, the DoJ unveiled evidence of a massive hack of COVID-19-related research allegedly orchestrated by China.
China’s diplomats are widely regarded members of Chinese society, probably holding a higher status than American diplomats hold. State-controlled media has praised China’s diplomats as “Wolf Warriors”. Read more about that here.
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The consulate holds a special significance. According to information available online, the consulate “was the first one to be established” in 1979 when the US and China official re-established diplomatic relations. The consulate’s district covers eight southern US states, namely Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and an unincorporated territory, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
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