The Chinese Embassy in the United States has described the closure of its Consulate General in Houston as “political provocation” and has affirmed that Beijing “strongly” condemns and “firmly” opposes this “outrageous and unjustified action that sabotages relations” between both countries.
“The United States has abruptly demanded that the Chinese Consulate General in Houston cease all operations and events within a limited time frame. This is a political provocation unilaterally launched by the United States side that seriously violates International Law, the basic rules that govern the international relations and the bilateral consular agreement between China and the United States, “the legation has reiterated.
In a statement, the Chinese Embassy in the United States has affirmed that the Asian country “is committed” to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries and has insisted that the Chinese diplomatic missions in the North American country have carried out their functions “in strict accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations”.
Thus, “the accusations of the United States are unfounded lies and the excuses he cites are wild and untenable,” he said, while regretting that “on the American side, if it insists on attacking China, it will never she’s short of excuses. “
In reference to reciprocity, China has claimed that it has provided “facilities” for diplomatic missions and Washington personnel, but “in contrast, the United States imposed unjustified restrictions on Chinese diplomatic personnel in October and June, has opened unscrupulously and He has repeatedly seized Chinese diplomatic bags and has seized official Chinese property. “
He has also asserted that the US side has more missions and diplomatic and consular personnel in China than Beijing in Washington, “another area in which the principle of reciprocity is not reflected.”
“The action of the United States will only be counterproductive to it,” the Chinese Embassy in the United States has warned, while urging the American side to “immediately reverse this erroneous decision.” “Otherwise, China will have to respond with legitimate and necessary actions,” he warned.
The United States has given China 72 hours to close its Consulate General in Houston on Wednesday, arguing that there is an “imbalance” in bilateral relations and that it is to protect the country’s “intellectual property” and “private information”, something that Beijing has considered a “political provocation”. In parallel, it has threatened Washington to adopt “countermeasures”.
China and the United States have spent years in an escalation of tension that ranges from the trade war to the restrictions on journalists and the media, although in recent months it has exploded on account of the coronavirus pandemic, for which Washington directly blames Beijing.