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US orders closure of China’s consulate in Houston – Al Jazeera English

Chinese government condemns ‘outrageous and unjustified’ move and threatens countermeasures.

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The United States has ordered the closure of China’s consulate in the city of Houston, a move Beijing called “an unprecedented escalation” that will sabotage relations between the two countries.
In a statement on Wednesday, Morgan Ortagus, spokeswoman for the US Department of State, said Washington directed the consulate’s closure “in order to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information”.
She did not elaborate further. 
In Beijing, a spokesman for China’s foreign…

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