On Tuesday, July 21, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus ordered the immediate closure of the Chinese Consulate General in the city of Houston, reported Reuters.
According to a statement by Ortagus to Fox News, the directive was issued ” to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.”
The United States “will not tolerate the PRC’s [People’s Republic of China] violations of our sovereignty and intimidation of our people, just as we have not tolerated the PRC’s unfair trade practices, theft of American jobs, and other egregious behavior,” she added. “President Trump insists on fairness and reciprocity in U.S.-China relations.”
In what the media are calling an “unprecedented escalation” in diplomatic relations between the two powers, FBI Director Christopher Wray recently gave a lecture at the Hudson Institute, where he spoke at length about the “Chinese threat” to the United States and detailed the most worrying points, among which theft of intellectual property from American companies by Chinese cyberagents was highlighted.
A few years ago, independent Chinese media published a story showing that mainland China has “Mac” stores identical to the original, but which are imitations, as well as other brands.
On July 21, two Chinese citizens working with state agents of the CCP were convicted of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars, including hacking into laboratories working on the CCP Virus vaccine, according to the DailyMail.
The Communist Party spokesman said it is demanding that the United States revoke the decision to close its consulate, otherwise necessary measures will be taken in retaliation.
According to a recent Reuters cable, a domestic source said the CCP planned to close the U.S. consulate in Wuhan in response to Washington’s demands.
A local Houston radio station, KPRC-TV, reported that on Tuesday night, after the closure was announced, neighbors called the fire department because smoke and the smell of burning paper came from inside the Chinese Consulate, but the crew could not get in.
KPRC-TV reported that day that the deadline for closing the consulate is Friday, July 24, along with a nearby compound where the consulate employees live.