China says US ordered abrupt closure of its Houston consulate

China says US ordered abrupt closure of its Houston consulateJuly 22, 2020

Beijing condemns move that could mark dramatic escalation in diplomatic tensions

The closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston threatens to start a fresh diplomatic row between China and the US, with Beijing accusing the US of giving it 72 hours to shut the diplomatic mission in a move it described as “unprecedented” and an “outrageous” escalation.

China said the US told the consulate on 21 July to cease all operations and events, and that Beijing would retaliate if the decision were not reversed.

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