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HOUSTON – The U.S. has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston in what a Chinese official called an outrageous and unjustified move that will sabotage relations between the two countries.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin condemned the action, which comes at a time of rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies. He warned of firm countermeasures if the U.S. does not reverse its decision.
“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,” Wang said at a daily news briefing.
Besides its embassy in Beijing, the U.S. has five consulates in mainland China, according to its website. They are in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan and Shenyang.
The U.S. said in a brief statement that the consulate was ordered closed “to protect American intellectual property and American’s private information.” It did not provide any details.
US Dept. Of Justice accuses China of using hackers to steal state secrets.
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BIll Hyslop, U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Washington, describes "Lee" and "Dong," the two Chinese hackers accused by the Justice Department of "hacking for their own personal gain" and "hacking for the benefit of China's Ministry of State Security" pic.twitter.com/lSU4YULlcz
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BIll Hyslop, U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Washington, describes “Lee” and “Dong,” the two Chinese hackers accused by the Justice Department of “hacking for their own personal gain” and “hacking for the benefit of China’s Ministry of State Security”