New Delhi/Washington: In an unprecedented transfer, the US on Wednesday abruptly requested China to close its consulate in Houston inside 72 hours.
Confirming this on social media, Hu Xijin, the editor of the World Instances, the mouthpiece of the Chinese language Communist Celebration authorities in Beijing mentioned, “The US asked China to close the Consulate General in Houston in 72 hours. This is a crazy move.”
Describing it as “unprecedented escalation”, China‘s international ministry mentioned the transfer was unilaterally initiated by the US and Beijing would “react with firm countermeasures” if the “erroneous decision” was not revoked.
As per the New York Submit, Houston police had acquired experiences that Chinese language officers have been burning paperwork on the Consulate on Tuesday night. A information reporter’s video confirmed a number of folks surrounding a number of trash cans with paperwork on hearth, within the consulate’s courtyard.
Houston firefighters and police, the New York Submit mentioned, responded to the hearth on the Consulate Common workplace however didn’t have the authority to entry the constructing.
Nonetheless, China alleged that the US safety harassed its diplomatic workers and college students and confiscated private electrical gadgets and detained them with none motive.
“China strongly condemns such an outrageous and unjustified move which will sabotage China-US relations. We urge the US to immediately withdraw its erroneous decision. Otherwise, China will make legitimate and necessary reactions,” the international ministry mentioned.
The connection between the US and China has been on a downward spiral ever because the Trump administration renegotiated new phrases for bilateral commerce with the Xi Jinping authorities.
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