Hu Xijin: China also gives the United States 72 hours to close its Consulate in Chengdu

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 Hu Xijin: China also gives the United States 72 hours to close its Consulate in Chengdu


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China closes U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu (source: ~)

[Global Times - global network report] on July 24, China announced the closure of the US Consulate General in Chengdu, in order to counter the US request to close the Chinese Consulate General in Houston. In an interview with the global times, analysts said that choosing the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu as the target of counter-measures, equality of diplomatic dignity is the first core principle, and also reflects the signal that China is still committed to managing and controlling the differences between China and the United States. Experts also warned that the next three months will be the most challenging period for bilateral relations after China and the United States stop their consulates, and the probability of highly unpredictable events will increase.

According to the Chinese Ministry of foreign affairs, on the morning of July 24, 2020, the Chinese Ministry of foreign affairs informed the US embassy in China that China had decided to revoke the license for the establishment and operation of the US Consulate General in Chengdu, and put forward specific requirements for the Consulate General to stop all business and activities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Chinas above-mentioned measures are a legitimate and necessary response to the US sides unreasonable act of suddenly asking China to close the Consulate General of Houston, which conforms to international law, basic norms of international relations and diplomatic practices.

On July 21, the United States suddenly asked China to close its Consulate General in Houston, Texas, within 72 hours. In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said several times in the past two days that this is a unilateral political provocation launched by the US side against China, and that China will certainly make proper and necessary responses. Public opinion generally believes that the closure of the consulate is the latest sign of the escalation of tension between China and the United States.

Shen Yi, an expert on American issues at Fudan University, said in an interview with the global times on the 24th that the act of closing the Consulate in Chengdu has sent a clear signal to the United States: China has no intention to take the initiative to destroy Sino US relations, but China will resolutely counter the extraordinary actions of the United States. He stressed that the first core principle of diplomacy is equal dignity. If the other party has an action but does not, it will lead to a passive situation of step back, step by step. Therefore, reciprocal counter-measures are a must.

According to public information, the United States has five consulates in Chinese mainland, located in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang, Chengdu and Wuhan. The U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu was established in 1985, which is of great strategic significance, covering Southwest China, including Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Tibet and Chongqing. In 1999, after the US bombed the Chinese Embassy in the former fry, angry Chinese people surrounded the US Consulate General in Chengdu to protest strongly.

Prior to this, some media speculated that China would close the U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan as a counter measure to the closure of the US Consulate General in Houston. However, analysts believe that due to the epidemic, some staff of the US consulate in Wuhan have not yet returned. If the US Consulate General in Wuhan is closed, it is not enough to respond to the unprecedented political provocations of the United States in a reciprocal manner.

It is worth noting that China has chosen the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu as the counter target, while signaling that China is still committed to managing and controlling the differences between China and the United States.. Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of international relations of the Foreign Affairs College, told the global times that among all the US embassies and consulates in China, the business volume and the regions faced by the Chengdu consulate general are relatively small, and the number of American citizens and enterprises in the regions involved is relatively limited.

He believes that this means that the closure of the Chengdu consulate will have little impact on limiting the normal exchange of personnel between China and the United States and the actual relations between China and the United States. This is corresponding to the choice of the smaller Chinese Consulate in Houston by the United States. It also shows that China is still dealing with this issue in the light of managing and controlling differences, trying to prevent the Sino US tensions from escalating sharply in a short period of time.

What impact will China and the United States close consulates on the direction of bilateral relations? After the closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston by the United States, the US media has begun to discuss whether the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco will also be required to close. The public opinion believes that the tension between the two countries can not rule out the possibility of further escalation. Especially on the eve of the U.S. general election, there is a greater possibility that China and the United States will brush off their guns and go astray..

In this regard, Li Haidong believes that Trumps strategy for dealing with the election campaign has become increasingly clear, that is, to win support by creating domestic division and international confrontation in the United States, and to tie the fate of the United States and the growth of its personal power on the same rope. This is very dangerous. It also means that he may take different measures due to the change of domestic election situation, including provoking military disputes and conflicts, so as to increase the support rate.

The American affairs scholar stressed that in view of this background, the next three months will be the most challenging period for Sino US relations, with the possibility of highly unpredictable events.

At the same time, the voice of American scholars about the rising probability of Sino US military conflict has also begun to increase recently. Fu Gaoyi, a famous American expert on China, judged in an exclusive interview with a Global Times reporter that there was a possibility of armed conflict between China and the United States. He judged that the conflict may take place in the South China Sea or the Taiwan Strait, which may be triggered by a small incident, but friction may escalate soon.. He warned that such a significant risk must be avoided or it would cause a catastrophic blow to all mankind.

However, Shen Yi believes that closing consulates and expelling diplomats is a conventional means of strategic game among great powers. There have been many precedents in history. Before China and the United States, there have been more serious incidents in the diplomatic field, namely, the direct downgrading of diplomatic relations, which is more serious than the expulsion of diplomatic personnel. Closing each others consulates and expelling diplomats will increase many unnecessary costs between the two countries diplomacy, and will also lead to a sharp rise in various uncertainties. However, it may only stay at the level of Spitting.

As for the possibility of the subsequent closure of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco by the United States, LV Xiang, a researcher at the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the global times that from the perspective of serving the campaign, the other Chinese consulates are in the Democratic States, and trumps gains are small if they make trouble to China in these places. However, from the perspective of confrontation with China, it is not impossible to close more embassies and consulates. In this regard, China can consider reducing the number of US diplomatic personnel in China as a counter measure, especially intelligence personnel in Hong Kong who use diplomatic status as cover.

For the next series of actions that the United States may make, China can neither shrink back nor be enthusiastic about the consequences, Shen Yi told the Global Times reporter. At this time, China can return the American strategy to the United States, that is, distinguish the US government and a few politicians from the American people, and distinguish them from Sino US economic and trade exchanges and normal exchanges. Yes He believes that the relationship between the Chinese government and the Chinese people is very close, but the relationship between the current US government and the American people is very fragile.

In short, this period of time will be an extremely test of Chinas strategic determination, strategic will and strategic wisdom. This international relations scholar stressed that China, while facing up to the challenge, does not respond to the USs intention of confrontation and does not change the established direction and path of development. This point should not be hesitated, and firmness of this point will also make the United States, which is trying to force China to involute , become more anxious.

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