The U.S. Orders China to Close it's Houston Consulate
Updated: Jul 24, 2020
Relations between the United States and China have deteriorated significantly since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the beginning of the year.
Closing of the Chinese Consulate With Donald Trump calling Covid-19 as the “plague from China” and accusing China of not adopting proper and timely quarantine measures as well as blaming this pandemic on China, further aiding stereotypes about Chia as well as affiliated products manufactured in China.
Donald Trump had also threatened to sue China for the harm that inflicted with the spread of the pandemic. He also supported in the spreading of false information that the pandemic was created in a Chinese lab by the government and that the government has created a cure to increase their income.
"The unilateral closure of China's consulate general in Houston within a short period of time is an unprecedented escalation of its recent actions against China," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin stated.
"We urge the U.S. to immediately revoke this erroneous decision. Should it insist on going down this wrong path, China will react with firm countermeasures," he said.
The consulate was operating normally but in Houston on the night of 21st July, documents were being burned in a courtyard near the consulate.
"It appears to be open burning in a container within the courtyard of the Chinese consulate facility. It does not appear to be an unconfined fire but we have not been allowed access," Houston fire department chief Samuel Pena stated"
The reason that staff was burning documents was that they were being evicted from the building.
The two countries have clashed recently over trade, technology, a national security law imposed on Hong Kong and China's claims in the South China Sea.
Also, the U.S. Justice Department has indicted two Chinese nationals for a decade-long cyber espionage campaign in which they were accused of stealing information on weapons designs, drug information, software source code, and personal data.
With the review of the social media application ”tik-tok” and many other statements made by Trump has led to this steep decline of relations between the two superpowers.
Reporter: Adithi S