US government has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas, according to reports from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, which has defined the order as an unprecedented escalation in the actions taken by the American government against that Chinese.
The Chinese government reported through a post on social media that the consulate closing order was a unilateral gesture of political provocation launched by the American, which violates international law, the basic rules of international relations and consular agreements, and bilateral relations between China and the United States.
A spokesperson for the US state department Morgan Ortagus, the consulate was closed to protect the intellectual property and private information of the Americans, but details of the reasons for the closure were not provided at the moment.
Relations between the two countries have worsened considerably in recent years.
According to a previous statement by a US State Department spokesman, China has been engaged in illegal espionage and influence operations for years.
Houston police on Tuesday said they had to intervene in the consulate area on Montrose Boulevard after reports of smoke from the consulate courtyard.
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Local media showed a video where apparently Chinese officers were seen inside the consulate burning documents.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently in Europe, where he is trying to convince European allies to take harsher actions against China.
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