United States Orders Closure of Chinese Consulate in Houston

The United States of America has ordered China to close its consulate at 3417 Montrose Boulevard in Houston, Texas, to "protect American intellectual property" and defend the private information of Americans. Firefighters responded to reports of papers being burned on the consulate grounds, but were barred entry into the consulate. Police were informed that occupants were given until 16:00 local time on Friday, July 24th, 2020, to leave the property. While no official statement provided details why the consulate in Houston was specifically targeted for closure, Chinese officials strongly condemned the move, accusing the United States for raising tensions between the two nations. 


Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated that China will consider countermeasures if the United States does not reverse its decision, and also stated that the Chinese Embassy in Washington has received bomb threats and death threats. He accused the United States government of promoting hatred against China.


Meanwhile, the United States of America have decided to not reopen its consulate in the city of Wuhan, which has been closed since late January due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.  


Note: The first photo depicting the Chinese consulate of Houston was retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ChineseconsulateHoustonTX.jpg , and can be used for commercial purpose without asking for permission. Meanwhile, the other images of the flags were retrieved from the public domain, and do not require attribution or citation for commercial use. 

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