Houston, July 25
US federal brokers and legislation enforcement officers on Friday entered the Chinese consulate compound in Houston with locksmiths after the mission was shut down amid spiralling tensions between Washington and Beijing.
The Chinese international ministry expressed robust dissatisfaction and opposition to the US legislation enforcement officers’ “forced entry” into the consulate and lodged a diplomatic protest.
“China will make a correct and needed response on this regard,” it stated.
China expresses opposition to the US legislation enforcement officers’ pressured entry into the consulate. The Houston consulate was Chinese property and below diplomatic treaties, US officers had no proper to enter the compound. —Chinese Foreign Ministry
The Trump administration ramped up its confrontation with China this week, ordering Beijing’s consulate in Houston to shut over considerations about financial espionage. In a retaliatory transfer, China has already ordered the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu in southwest China’s Sichuan province.
The Chinese consulate situated in Houston’s busy Montrose Boulevard for 40 years closed on Friday night because the deadline set by the Trump administration to close down the mission expired. The flag and seal of the People’s Republic of China had been taken down from outdoors the Houston consulate. Earlier, the consulate employees was seen eradicating their belongings from the constructing. After the Chinese diplomatic employees vacated the constructing, plenty of black SUVs, vans, two white vans and a locksmith’s van entered the compound, a media home reported. — PTI
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