China on Friday ordered that the US Consulate in the Southwestern city of Chengdu be shut down in retaliation of the country’s mission closed down by the U.S government in Houston as the two countries embark on a diplomatic Cold War.
This is coming after a torrent of warnings by American officials about China’s “Tyranny”, and Chinese nationals being indicted in the United States on various charges.
The closure of the Chengdu Consulate was a “Legitimate and necessary response to the unreasonable measures by the United State”, Mr Wang Yi the Chinese Foreign Affair minister in his statement.
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“The current situation in China-US relations is not what China desires to see, and the US is responsible for all this.”
The Chinese Foreign Ministry emphasised that the closure was a direct response to the United States ordering of its Consulate in Houston. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said earlier this week that the Houston Chinese Consulate was a “hub of spying and intellectual property theft”.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio called the consulate the “central node of the Communist Party’s vast network of spies and influence operations in the United States”.
China described the allegations as “malicious slander”.
The order on Houston came a day after the US Justice Department unveiled the indictment of two Chinese nationals for allegedly hacking hundreds of companies and attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine research.
The Justice Department then announced Thursday indictments of four Chinese researchers it said lied about their ties to the People’s Liberation Army, with one escaping arrest by taking refuge in China’s San Francisco consulate.
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