New Cold War? China Orders U.S. Consulate Closed in Payback for Houston.
Written by Luis Miguel
The Chinese government ordered the closure of a U.S. consulate in the city of Chengdu in retaliation for America’s closing of the Chinese consulate in Houston. The communist nation gave the United States 72 hours as of Friday to complete the closure.
American officials have not confirmed whether they will follow through with China’s demand. A senior State Department official told NBC News that the Trump administration is ready to deal with the aftermath of its decision to close the consulate and will continue sending diplomats to China.
The outlet reported:
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, said some U.S. Chengdu consulate personnel were “conducting activities not in line with their identities” and had harmed China’s security interests, but would not elaborate.
“The current situation in China-U.S. relations is not what China desires to see and the U.S. is responsible for all this. We once again urge the U.S. to immediately retract its wrong decision and create necessary conditions for bringing the bilateral relationship back on track,” he added.
Like the United States, Beijing has not publicly agreed to evacuate its Houston consulate. Local police received reports that the embassy began burning documents after 8:00pm on Tuesday evening. According to witnesses, a small amount of smoke could be seen and smelled from the outside. Dozens of local first responders arrived at the scene but did not enter the property.
The Chengdu consulate plays an important role in America’s China policy, as the 200-person mission allows the United States to gather intelligence on the autonomous region of Tibet, the site of a growing movement for independence.
“Washington has long used its diplomats in Chengdu to infiltrate Tibet and other regions in Southwest China, interfering in China’s domestic affairs,” wrote the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece Global Times.
The United States ordered the closure of the Houston consulate after the Justice Department on Tuesday unsealed an indictment charging two Chinese hackers with trying to steal coronavirus research from American companies.
According to the indictment, Chinese nationals Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi stole “material on military satellite programs, wireless networks and communication systems, high-powered microwave and laser systems as well as a counter-chemical weapons system” on behalf of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS). The indictment stated that there were 25 unnamed alleged victims, including a Texas engineering company and a Virginia defense contractor.
The unnamed State Department official said, “By their very nature consulates are a base of operations for foreign governments to the United States, including their intelligence services and it’s understood that there will be some activity here by those services.
“But because of their location within the United States and their status of sovereign territory of a foreign country, they can be exploited and the espionage and influence activities run out of a consulate can rise, ultimately to a level that threatens our national security.”
On the same day the Houston consulate was ordered closed, Secretary of State Mike Pomeo delivered a scathing rebuke of China during a speech at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Orange County, California.
Pompeo urged “every leader, of every nation” to join the United States to “induce change” in China by pushing back against aggression in Hong Kong and the South China Sea and by blocking Chinese technology that poses a “national security threat.”
“The free world must triumph over this new tyranny,” Pompeo said. “If we bend the knee now, our children’s children may be at the mercy of the Chinese Communist Party.”
The Secretary of State continued:
We opened our arms to Chinese citizens, only to see the Chinese Communist Party exploit our free and open society. China sent propagandists into our press conferences, our research centers, our high-schools, our colleges, and even into our PTA meetings….
We gave the Chinese Communist Party and the regime itself special economic treatment, only to see the CCP insist on silence over its human rights abuses as the price of admission for Western companies entering China.
The Trump administration has recently taken a harder stance against China. In addition to the indictments, officials have suggested that a ban on Chinese apps such as TikTok is in the works.
The president has repeatedly pointed out how China has taken over large segments of American industry and jobs, including sectors such as medical equipment and drugs. Depending on foreign manufacturefor such necessary products puts Americans’ wellbeing at the whim of a communist dictatorship.
As tensions between the two global superpowers rise, is the world on the edge of another cold war?
Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American