Foreign Policy

Trump Orders Chinese Consulate in Houston to Close

Chinese Foreign Ministry warned on Wednesday that it could retaliate against the US

Tensions between the US and China further escalate as the Trump administration has given the Chinese consulate in Houston just 72 hours to close.

Houston Consulate Shutdown

The Chinese Foreign Ministry warned on Wednesday that it could retaliate for the 72-hour timeframe given to the Chinese consulate in Houston to close down. Employees have begun burning documents in the consulate’s courtyard, local news station Click2Houston reported with footage attached.

Firefighters were standing outside the building as the consulate itself is considered Chinese territory. The move comes just hours after the Trump administration gave the consulate a deadline to close by Friday – another move that gives a rise to tensions between the two countries.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin called the closure an “unprecedented escalation” and urges the US to revoke the decision, warning that China will react with “firm countermeasures.”

Relations between the two countries have been deteriorating since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, despite initially improving after a trade deal was almost signed in an effort to bring the trade war to an end.

Among some of the reasons for the clashes between the two powers are national security, Huawei’s role in 5G infrastructure, cyber-security, as well as Beijing’s new national security law on Hong Kong.

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Julio Rivera

Julio Rivera is a small business consultant, political activist, writer and Editorial Director for Reactionary Times.  His writing, which is concentrated on politics and cybersecurity, has also been published by websites including Newsmax, The Hill, The Washington Times, LifeZette, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Toronto Sun, PJ Media and many others.

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