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China & US Consulate Closures
Jul 26, 2020 at 07:16 PM

The Quick Facts

  • On Friday, July 24th, China announced the closure of the United States consulate in Chengdu. The order was in response to the United States' decision on Tuesday, July 21st to close the China consulate in Houston, Texas due to concerns of espionage.
  • An anonymous official from the U.S. Justice Department explained, "The sum total of the Houston consulate’s activities went well over the line of what we are willing to accept... And unless we disrupted it, it threatened to become even more aggressive in Houston and in other Chinese consulates nationwide.” (Source: Washington Post)
  • These tit-for-tat closures reflect deteriorating U.S. — Chinese relations over issues like trade, the coronavirus pandemic, intellectual property, Hong Kong, and human rights abuses against Chinese Muslims.

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Should the United States have closed the consulate in Houston? Was China's retaliation justified?

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Fox News

Trump right to shut Chinese consulate in Houston — it was a massive spying operation

Sen. Marco Rubio
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Trump wrong to shut Chinese consulate in Houston

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China's decision to close US consulate firm, justified

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China Daily

Washington should stop playing with fire

宋婧祎 (Song Chen)
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