//China orders US to shut Chengdu consulate in obvious retaliation for Houston shutdown order

China orders US to shut Chengdu consulate in obvious retaliation for Houston shutdown order

China on Friday ordered the closure of the U.S. consulate within the western metropolis of Chengdu in obvious retaliation for the Trump administration closing China’s Houston consulate over accusations of espionage.

“The measure taken by China is a legitimate and necessary response to the unjustified act by the United States,” stated a overseas ministry assertion.

“The current situation in Chinese-U.S. relations is not what China desires to see. The United States is responsible for all this,” the ministry stated. “We once again urge the United States to immediately retract its wrong decision and create necessary conditions for bringing the bilateral relationship back on track.”

The Trump administration says Chinese language brokers throughout the Texas consulate had been trying to steal scientific information from amenities within the state, together with the Texas A&M medical system.

“The U.S. accusations are groundless fabrications,” the Chinese language Embassy in Washington stated in a press release, in accordance with The New York Instances.

Beijing on Wednesday promised to retaliate over a U.S. order to shut its Houston consulate by the tip of the week, calling the choice an “unprecedented escalation.”

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“China demands the U.S. revoke the wrong decision. If the U.S. went ahead, China would take necessary countermeasures,” Chinese language overseas ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin stated.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin gestures for questions during a daily briefing in Beijing Thursday, July 23, 2020. China ordered the United States on Friday, July 24, 2020 to close its consulate in the western city of Chengdu, ratcheting up a diplomatic conflict at a time when relations have sunk to their lowest level in decades. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

International Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin gestures for questions throughout a every day briefing in Beijing Thursday, July 23, 2020. China ordered the US on Friday, July 24, 2020 to shut its consulate within the western metropolis of Chengdu, ratcheting up a diplomatic battle at a time when relations have sunk to their lowest degree in a long time. (AP Photograph/Ng Han Guan)

The consulate closures and spying accusations come amid heightened tensions between the 2 nations over commerce and the coronavirus and Hong Kong.

The Trump administration has additionally put restrictions on visas for some Chinese language journalists and canceled visas for Chinese language graduate college students with ties to army colleges.

CHENGDU, CHINA - JULY 23: People walk by the US Consulate-General in Chengdu on July 23, 2020 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China. (Photo by VCG via Getty Images)

CHENGDU, CHINA – JULY 23: Folks stroll by the US Consulate-Basic in Chengdu on July 23, 2020 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China. (Photograph by VCG through Getty Photographs)

Simply hours earlier than China ordered the closure, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated in a speech, “If we want to have a free 21st century, and not the Chinese century of which Xi Jinping dreams, the old paradigm of blind engagement with China simply won’t get it done,” The Instances reported.

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After the order to shut the Houston consulate, the State Division stated the U.S. “is not going to tolerate the PRC’s violations of our sovereignty and intimidation of our folks, simply as we have now not tolerated the PRC’s unfair commerce practices, theft of American jobs, and different egregious habits. President Trump insists on equity and reciprocity in U.S.-China relations.”

The USA has an embassy in Beijing and consulates in 5 different mainland cities — Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang and Wuhan. It additionally has a consulate in Hong Kong, a Chinese language territory.

The Related Press contributed to this report.