The United States has ordered the closure of China’s consulate within the metropolis of Houston, a transfer Beijing referred to as “an unprecedented escalation” that can sabotage relations between the 2 nations.
In a press release on Wednesday, Morgan Ortagus, spokeswoman for the US Department of State, mentioned Washington directed the consulate’s closure “in order to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information”.
In Beijing, a spokesman for China’s overseas ministry mentioned the US gave the Chinese aspect a deadline of three days to shut the mission within the Texas metropolis.
“The unilateral closure of China’s consulate general in Houston within a short period of time is an unprecedented escalation of its recent actions against China,” Wang Wenbin instructed a daily information briefing.
“We urge the US to immediately revoke this erroneous decision. Should it insist on going down this wrong path, China will react with firm countermeasures,” he mentioned.
China “strongly condemns” the “outrageous and unjustified move, which will sabotage China-US relations”, he added.
Washington’s order comes as the 2 nations conflict on a variety of points, from commerce to the coronavirus pandemic and China’s insurance policies in Hong Kong, Xinjiang and the South China Sea.
The US has lengthy accused China of stealing mental property and expertise, an allegation that is likely one of the core points within the commerce warfare between the world’s prime two economies. Beijing denies the accusation, however dedicated to addressing among the US complaints within the first section of a commerce deal signed between the 2 nations in January