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China orders closure of US consulate in Chengdu

Wang Wenbin states ‘malicious slander’ is behind US order to near Chinese consulate in Houston,...

Wang Wenbin states ‘malicious slander’ is behind US order to near Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas [Ng Han Guan/ AP Photograph]

China has requested the United States to near its consulate in the southwestern town of Chengdu, retaliating against Washington’s go before this 7 days to shut down the Chinese consulate in the Texas town of Houston.

The Chinese foreign ministry explained on Friday that the Chengdu mission’s closure was a “legitimate and essential reaction to the unreasonable actions by the United States”. 

“The existing condition in China-US relations is not what China wants to see,” it explained in a assertion, including that “the US is accountable for all this”. 

The tit-for-tat moves come amid a dramatic escalation in tensions involving the world’s two most significant economies. Ties have deteriorated above a quantity of difficulties, ranging from the new coronavirus pandemic to Beijing’s trade and small business procedures, and from its territorial promises in the South China Sea to its clampdown in Hong Kong and the considerably western area of Xinjiang.

On Tuesday, frictions ratcheted up further when Washington gave Beijing seventy two several hours to near its mission in Houston alleging the theft of mental home and espionage – a claim the Chinese side known as “malicious slander”. 

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And several hours ahead of China’s Friday order, US Secretary of Condition Mike Pompeo took fresh new purpose at Beijing, indicating Washington and its allies will have to use “more resourceful and assertive ways” to press the Chinese Communist Party to improve its strategies.

Speaking at the Nixon Library in President Richard Nixon’s birthplace in Yorba Linda, California, Pompeo explained that the former US leader’s fret about what he had done by opening the environment to China’s Communist Party in the 1970s had been prophetic.

“President Nixon after explained he feared he had established a ‘Frankenstein’ by opening the environment to the CCP,” Pompeo explained. “And listed here we are.”

“The truth is that our guidelines – and people of other totally free nations – resurrected China’s failing financial system, only to see Beijing bite the worldwide fingers that were feeding it,” he continued.

“The liberty-loving nations of the environment will have to induce China to improve … in more resourceful and assertive strategies, due to the fact Beijing’s actions threaten our people and our prosperity.”

Recalling remarks he made immediately after assembly British leaders in London this 7 days, Pompeo explained “maybe it’s time for a new grouping of like-minded nations, a new alliance of democracies,” though including: “If the totally free environment does not improve, Communist China will surely improve us.”

Pompeo explained “securing our freedoms from the Chinese Communist Party is the mission of our time” and explained the US was beautifully positioned to guide it.