Chinese Consulate in Houston Ordered Closed

By Faye Higbee

The Chinese Consulate in Houston, Texas has long been known as a “spy-center.” When the U.S. told them to close the facility within 72 hours, they called it a “crazy” and “unprecedented” move. Then they started burning documents in the courtyard of the facility…and refused entry to firefighters.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted that the facility has not been a diplomatic one.

The burning of documents at the consulate caused Houston Fire Department to be dispatched. But they had to stand outside and were not allowed to enter, according to Click2Houston.

China vowed to retaliate with “firm countermeasures.”

“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 Wenbin, Foreign Ministry spokesman

The move is certainly NOT unprecedented. The U.S. did the same with a Russian consulate in San Francisco in 2017. The Russians also burned documents before they left. They, too, were a known spy facility for years before President Trump ordered it closed, along with facilities in New York and Washington DC. Previously, no president bothered to stop the spying.

Catching up to China’s thefts and spy routine was only a matter of time.

The South China Morning Post wrote:

US State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said China was told to close the Houston consulate to “protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information”, without giving further details.

Ortagus said the US would not tolerate Chinese violations of its “sovereignty and intimidation of our people, just as we have not tolerated [China’s] unfair trade practices, theft of American jobs, and other egregious behaviour”.

The United States has 5 consulates in China: Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai,  Shenyang and Wuhan. It is likely China’s retaliation will include closing at least one or more of those facilities.

“This is a crazy move. The consulate general is the first Chinese CG in the United States. The US has not only asked to close it, but requested evacuation within three days. This is absolute madness. There is apparently no bottom line for some people in Washington. The current US administration is willing to do anything now.” Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of state tabloid Global Times

One Twitter user said it best in responding to the above tweet:

 Your country has a very serious identity crisis. Mao Zedong obliterated your history, heritage and civilization. You are all suffering from Mass Existential Vacuum. CCP’s international conduct is very immature and intolerable. Hence, “OK, Kid! Pack your things and go home!” @ASRJodhpur [policy analyst]

Featured photo: Screenshot via Twitter


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