China Ordered to Shut Down Consulate in US

By Ryan Gandolfo, July 22, 2020

0 0

On Wednesday, the Trump administration told China to close its consulate in the city of Houston.

According to the Chinese foreign ministry, the consulate has been given three days to close its mission in the Texas city, as cited by Reuters.

The move comes after the US Justice Department indicted two Chinese nationals for allegedly hacking defense contractors, COVID-19 researchers and others, according to a court filing published on Tuesday. China denied the allegations on Wednesday.

The Chinese foreign ministry has strongly condemned the move by the US, with state-run newspaper Global Times referring to the abrupt action as a “reckless and dangerous move which analysts said will further flare up ongoing tensions between the two largest economies in the world.”

640-1.jpeg
Image via Global Times

The consulate general in Houston is the first Chinese consulate general established in the US. It covers a consular jurisdiction of eight US states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida as well as Puerto Rico. There are four other Chinese consulates in the US in the following cities: New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Following Trump’s order to shut down the Chinese consulate, smoke was visible from within the confines of the facility, according to a Houston television station, as cited by The New York Times. Employees appeared to be dumping documents into flaming barrels. 

According to Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, China will retaliate if the US does not “recorrect its mistakes.” China could take countermeasures such as shutting down the US consulate general in Hong Kong or elsewhere. 

On Twitter, Global Times created a poll asking users which US consulate general in China is most likely to be closed. (Admittedly, we clicked Guangzhou just to access the survey results.)

640-1.png
Screengrab via Twitter

This latest move comes after a long line of back-and-forth restrictions between the two countries. Steven Lee Myers of The New York Times noted that these restrictions have included “Cold-War-like travel rules for diplomats” as well as requiring Chinese state news organizations to register as diplomatic entities in the US. 

The Trump administration has even considered a travel ban on Chinese Communist Party members and their families – which would affect 270 million people.

Meanwhile, US journalists at multiple news outlets have been expelled from China in retaliation.

[Cover image via Pixabay]

more news

Meet the Transgender Designer Making Waves in China

Being trans is a big part of why I chose this path and career.

China Hotel News Roundup: April 2021

What's been going on in the wonderful world of hospitality!

WIN! Tickets to Shop at China's First International Consumers Product Expo

Win tickets to go to China's first International Consumer Products Expo in Haikou.

Walking the Dog in China? From May Onwards You Must Use a Leash

Starting May 1 in the Chinese mainland, dog-owners must have their pets on a leash in public spaces.

Man Throws Coins into Plane Engine in China for Good Luck, Gets Detained

Are we surprised? No, just disappointed in Wang and many others before him.

WATCH: Wild Tiger On the Loose in Northeast China Attacks Villager

The tiger left a villager with minor injuries and smashed a car window.

China Stops Animal Testing on Imported Cosmetics

Does this mean we can buy Lush in China soon...

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives