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US orders China to shut Houston consulate in move Beijing calls ‘unprecedented escalation’ – ABC News

China condemns the United States’ move to shut the Chinese consulate in Houston as an “unprecedented escalation” in tensions between the two nations, while Mike Pompeo describes the move as punishment for China not behaving.

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The United States has told China to close its consulate in Houston, both countries said, deepening a deterioration in bilateral relations.
Key points:

  • The US State Department said the move was “to protect American intellectual property”
  • It was not immediately clear why China’s Houston consulate had been singled out
  • Ties between the United States and China have worsened sharply this year over a range of issues

Washington had “abruptly demanded” closure of the …

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