The United States should follow up on its orders to close the Chinese consulate in Houston with closing the country's facility in New York City as well, Asia expert Gordon Chang said Wednesday. "I wonder what that is all about".
In accordance to Houston's KPRC-Tv set, documents were burned inside of the consulate's courtyard Tuesday evening, although firefighters responding to the scene have been not authorized entry. Witnesses said people were burning paper in what appeared to be trash cans, the Houston Chronicle reported, citing police. Emergency services were called to the building but Houston police say they were not granted access.
The allegation comes amid rising tension between the us and China, particularly related to theft of intellectual property - including by Chinese researchers with connections to the military and government - for Beijing's benefit.
Optimism over the development of a vaccine and a wall of government and central bank cash is providing much-needed support to equities as traders fret over a spike in new infections around the world and the reimposition of containment measures in the U.S. and other key economies.
China on Thursday again threatened "necessary reactions" to the US order to shut down its consulate in Houston, but stopped short of revealing which American mission may be closed in retaliation. During the interview, she denied serving in China's military, the USA said.
"From an FX perspective, we see signs of fragility offering a floor to United States dollars for now, although a material escalation in U.S. We tried appeasement. We've tried doing more business and getting both countries to come together bringing them into global organizations", State Deparment spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a TV interview, previewing what she said would be a "historic speech" by Pompeo in which he's going to "lay out exactly how our opening to China has failed and how we are now embarking on a new policy which is distrust and verify". "And when they don't, we are likely to get steps that guard the American individuals, shield our protection, our countrywide security, and also secure our economic climate and positions".
China said Thursday that "malicious slander" is behind an order by the USA government to close its consulate in Houston, Texas, maintaining that its officials never operated outside ordinary diplomatic rules.
However, Wenbin did not hint at any such move as he reiterated how Beijing had always facilitated USA diplomatic missions in China.
"President Trump has said, 'Enough.' We're not going to allow this to continue to happen", Pompeo told reporters on July 22.
The White House has formally acknowledged that it ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas.
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"We find the China-US relationship today weighed down by a growing number of disputes", deputy secretary of state Stephen Biegun told lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
U.S. -China ties have deteriorated this year over issues ranging from the new coronavirus and telecoms-gear maker Huawei, to China's territorial claims in the South China Sea and Hong Kong crackdown.
State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement on Wednesday that the closure was "to protect American intellectual property and Americans' private information". "It is the central node of the Communist Party's vast network of spies and influence operations in the United States", he tweeted.
"These activities have increased markedly in scale and scope over the past few years", it said.
The order to close the Houston consulate came the same day that the US Justice Department indicted two Chinese nationals for seeking to steal coronavirus vaccine research. The State Department did not respond to a request for comment on the Chinese accusations.
According to the embassy, it is the US that has imposed unjustified restrictions on Chinese diplomatic personnel.
Besides Wuhan, the US has four other consulates in China - in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Shenyang - along with its embassy in Beijing and a consulate general in Hong Kong.
According to USA broadcaster CNN, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has accused Tang of concealing her connection to the Chinese military in her visa application and she was charged on June 26 with one count of visa fraud.
"The whole goal is to change the behavior of the Chinese. this is emerging as the Trump doctrine, which is very harsh actions, sanctions and isolation while at the same time always offering a chance to exit if the behavior changes".
"If that was the real reason, the United States would shut down the San Francisco consulate, which covers Silicon Valley", said Moon, who was among those who suggested that the policy may be working.