United States orders closure of Chinese consulate in Houston amid espionage allegations

This move can escalate in the tension between the two powers and Beijing threatens retaliation, according to the Chinese foreign minister

The continued deterioration and in the face of relations between the two global giants, China and the United States, has taken a new leap for the worse this Wednesday, the only direction in which they have moved since the start of the covid-19 pandemic. . Washington has given Beijing 72 hours, which expire on Friday, to close its consulate in Houston, Texas, citing the need to protect intellectual property. In a statement, a spokesman for the US State Department accused the Xi Jinping regime of “having carried out large-scale illegal espionage and influence operations in the US for years against US government officials and US citizens.”

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