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Why is the US accusing China’s Houston consulate of spying? – ABC News

In a system where states often “turn a blind eye” to the intelligence gathering of diplomats to suit their “mutual interests”, why has the US order the closure of one Chinese consulate?

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Tensions between the world’s two largest economies have been on the rise again this week after the United States ordered the closure of China’s Houston embassy, alleging it was a nest of Chinese spies who tried to steal data from facilities in Texas.
Key points:

  • Experts and former diplomats say all diplomatic missions gather intelligence, and states often “turn a blind eye”
  • US officials said the activity of the Houston consulate crossed the line of what was acceptable
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