U.S. says it ordered China to shut Houston consulate

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In Houston, firefighters responded to reports of papers being burned on the consulate grounds Tuesday night but were barred entry. It did not provide any details.

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President Donald Trump's administration has ramped up pressure on China on a wide range of issues, imposing sanctions on Chinese officials over policies in Tibet and Xinjiang.

The secretary of state cited the indictment of the two Chinese nationals for computer hacking but did not specifically mention the order to close the Houston consulate.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio, known to take a hardline stance against China, on Wednesday tweeted that "China's consulate in Houston is not a diplomatic facility".

Additionally, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told Fox News that the U.S.

"As far as closing additional embassies, it's always possible", Mr. Trump told reporters on Wednesday during a daily press briefing at the White House when asked if he is looking at closing more Chinese diplomatic missions in the U.S.

Just this week, the us ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, and the Justice Department charged two Chinese hackers with targeting firms working on vaccines for the coronavirus.

"China urges the U.S. to immediately withdraw its wrong decision, or China will definitely take a proper and necessary response", Wang said.

The State Department has ordered the closure of China's Houston consulate in a move that the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called an "outrageous and unjustified" provocation. The move of the USA side will only backfire on itself.

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The Chinese woman and cancer researcher at the University of California, Davis who is believed to be hiding out in the Chinese consulate in San Francisco has been charged in federal court in Sacramento with fraud and misuse of visa, permits and other documents.

On Tuesday, the USA side abruptly requested the Chinese side to close its Consulate General in Houston.

In addition to Houston, China has consulates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and NY, as well as the embassy in Washington. The Chinese Consulate in Houston was opened in 1979, according to a statement on its website.

China's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it would shut the consulate.

Beijing called the order to close the consulate illegal, and vowed to retaliate.

Beijing alleged the US confiscated and opened Chinese diplomatic mail pouches in October and June.

The United States has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas.

The spokesperson said the United States is forming cliques and provoking ideological confrontations in worldwide relations, running counter to the trend of the times embodying peace, development and cooperation as well as to the wishes of the majority of countries.

The Chinese consulate in San Francisco is harboring a Chinese researcher who lied about her military background, the Justice Department said Thursday as it announced charges against that scientist and three others accused of concealing their government ties.

"President Trump has said 'enough, '" Pompeo added. "I am hopeful this action will deal a significant blow to the CCP's spy network in the U.S. and send a clear message that their widespread espionage campaigns will no longer go unchecked", he said. -China relations at the Nixon Library in California.

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